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      20 Confirmed Heat-Related
Deaths During Summer Of 2011

OCTOBER 18, 2011 -- Twenty heat-related deaths occurred in Kansas City during the summer of 2011, according to recently concluded investigations conducted by the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office.

Those 20 heat-related deaths are the most in the city during the last dozen years, reported William D. Snook, a program manager with the City of Kansas City Health Department. The previous high in the past six years had been 11 confirmed heat-related deaths in 2007.

Jackson County Emergency Preparedness Director Mike Curry pointed out that the heat claims more lives in the Greater Kansas City area than any other weather-related issue. To address the risks associated with excessive heat, the County Emergency Preparedness & Homeland Security Department works with several other agencies, from the National Weather Service to local heath departments and various non-profit organizations such as the United Way, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

Whenever the National Weather Service issues a heat watch or warning, Jackson County posts the bulletin on the home page of this website with this link to a list of area "cooling centers" and recommendations to avoid heat exhaustion or stroke.

A lack of transportation and/or a fear of leaving their home are contributing factors that put the elderly at an even higher risk of suffering potentially fatal heat-induced illnesses.



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