Publish a special newspaper section with
emergency information on extreme heat. Localize the information by
including the phone numbers of local emergency services offices,
the American Red Cross chapter, and local hospitals.
Interview local physicians about the dangers
of sunburn, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and other possible
conditions caused by excessive heat.
During a drought, run a series of programs
suggesting ways that individuals can conserve water and energy in
their homes and their workplaces.
Interview local officials and representatives
of the U.S.
Department of Agriculture about special steps farmers can take
to establish alternative water supplies for their crops and ways
to protect livestock and poultry from the effects of extreme heat.
Sponsor a "Helping Your Neighbors" program
through your local school system to encourage children to think of
those persons who require special assistance during severe weather
conditions, such as elderly people, infants, or people with
Arrange for air-conditioned shelters to be
opened when necessary for community members who do not have air
conditioning at home.
Arrange for special programs to provide air
conditioners to vulnerable people in their homes.