Get Ready Summer Safe emergency preparedness information

Stay Summer Safe!

Summer's here, and that means outdoor fun — and possible health dangers. From heat safety to hurricane prep, APHA's Get Ready campaign has the info you need to keep your summertime activities safe from disasters.heat waves 1

Some quick tips for having a disaster-free summer:

  • Stay safe in hot weather. During very hot weather, stay inside where it’s cool. Stay hydratedbydrinking plenty of water.
  • Be aware of natural disasters that occur more frequently in the summer, such as hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes, and be prepared for them.
  • If you are going on vacation, know the risks of the area you are visiting, such as tsunamis in coastal regions, and know how and where to take shelter.
  • Protect yourself from tick- and mosquito-borne illnesses. Wear insect repellent and be alert for dangers.
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Fact sheets help you keep safe this summer

For great summer safety information, download one of our summer-themed Get Ready fact sheets!

Heat waves

Heat waves fact sheet

English & Spanish PDF or read text version

Hurricanes

Hurricanes fact sheet

English & Spanish PDF or read text version

Tornadoes

Tornadoes fact sheet

English & Spanish PDF or read text version

Wildfires

Wildfires fact sheet

English & Spanish PDF or read text version

Floods

Floods fact sheet

English & Spanish PDF or read text version

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes fact sheet

English & Spanish PDF or read text version

Dengue

Dengue fact sheet

English

Power outages

Power outages fact sheet

English & Spanish PDF or read text version

Zika virus

Power outages fact sheet

English &
Spanish versions

 

Add your logo to these fact sheets on our customization page. It's easy and free!

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Get Ready Blog: Summer Safe tips
To make your summer a safe one, the Get Ready Blog is sharing regular posts on summertime emergency topics. Follow the blog online for updates, or sign up to have posts delivered to you via email.

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Get Ready podcasts

Listen to one of our Get Ready podcasts for more summer safe tips!

  • How to stay safe in hot weather: Tips from CDC's Linda Degutis
    Listen to the podcast, read the transcript or download a PDF of the Healthy You heat safety tipsheet in English or Spanish.

  • Get ready for extreme heat: Tips on heat safety and preparedness Ethel Taylor of CDC's National Center for Environmental Health discusses the risks associated with heat stroke and heat exhaustion, and ways you can prepare yourself before and during a heat wave. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript.

  • Climate change: What you need to know to get ready for summer
    Kim Knowlton of the National Resources Defense Council’s Health and Environment Program talks about how climate change affects us during warmer months, and how we can prepare for a safe and fun summer. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript.

To listen to Get Ready podcasts on other topics, see our podcast page.

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More information:

Websites with additional summer safety informationMan in the heat with water bottle

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Additional resources from APHA: Free Healthy You fact sheets
APHA's Get Ready campaign focuses on preparing for disasters and health emergencies.

For summer safety tips on topics such as water safety, sun exposure, food safety or sports injury prevention, visit the Healthy You webpage at www.healthfactsheets.org.

Healthy You fact sheets, which are produced by The Nation's Health, APHA's newspaper, are available in both English and Spanish.