National Weather Service launches new heat safety website en Español

August 24, 2011

The National Weather Service is redoubling efforts to help America become a “Weather-ready” nation, and has launched a new heat safety website in Spanish. The new site aims to educate the nation’s growing Hispanic population about the health dangers of prolonged heat exposure.

Texas, home to more than nine million Hispanics, has been particularly hard hit during this summer’s intense heat wave, which continues to rage in the south central United States. Those working in outdoor jobs, such as farming, fishing, forestry or construction, are particularly vulnerable to heat illness.

The site, http://www.weather.gov/om/heat/index-s.shtml , includes a wealth of information. It explains the different heat forecasts issued by the National Weather Service, defines the heat index, outlines various heat hazards, discusses the dangers of leaving children and pets in a car, includes a variety of heat safety tips and includes information about heat disorders to help people recognize when they are in trouble.

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