Exposure to excessive heat can cause illness, injury and death. Many people die each year from exposure to heat due to weather conditions, and many more people die from health conditions that are made worse by exposure to excessive heat. The summer months can bring unusually high temperatures that may last for days or weeks. Although the human body has effective systems to cool itself, under some conditions, these mechanisms are not enough.
In order to help our citizens stay safe, The Tyler Fire Department and various public health and public service agencies in Tyler and Smith County met on Friday, July 8, 2016 to release the 2016 Heat Response Plan. The Heat Response Plan is one component of our over-all Severe Weather Response Plan. Other components include the Tornado Response Plan and the Cold Weather Response Plan.
The Heat Response Plan is designed to serve as a guide to provide useful information to the public, including tips on avoiding heat-related illness and injury. Additionally, it highlights resources that are available to the public during the season, including overnight and daytime sheltering locations.
The Severe Weather Plans are available on our website as well as the websites of various other partner agencies. These Plans are located in the Quick Links tab, or you can access the 2016 Heat Plan by clicking HERE. Feel free to contact our office if you have any questions or if you need further assistance.
Wishing you a safe and happy summer,