General Provider Communication

Subject: Excessive Heat Warning Issued June 28-29

Action: TAKE THE NECESSARY PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND THOSE YOU SERVE AGAINST THE DANGERS OF EXCESSIVE HEAT.

 

Dear Provider,

 

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an Excessive Heat Warning. The Excessive Heat Warning is for portions of the south-central Arizona, northwest and north-central Pinal County including the greater Phoenix Metropolitan area.

 

The Excessive Heat Warning will remain in effect from 10 a.m. Friday, June 28 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 30. The NWS reports afternoon highs between 115-120 degrees across the lower deserts and highs between 98-110 degrees in the higher elevations.

 

IMPACT:  TAKE THE NECESSARY PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND THOSE YOU SERVE AGAINST THE DANGERS OF EXCESSIVE HEAT.

 

In response to this communication, please have outreach staff assist homeless recipients in obtaining water, hats, sunscreen and shade due to the excessive heat. In addition, please implement the following activities as needed:

 

  • Initiate outreach efforts and utilize available clinic staff to assist with communication and welfare checks for at-risk recipients who may be at risk of severe health impacts due to extreme heat
  • Advise area hospitals of the excessive heat warning and urge them to consider the extreme weather conditions when discharging recipients
  • Document all actions taken regarding outreach and contact (e.g., checking thermostats during home visits)

 

The Maricopa Association of Governments has set up a series of water hydration stations and refuge locations throughout Maricopa County. Please click HERE to access a printable map with those locations for the recipients you serve.

 

For more information about the excessive heat warning and the NWS hazardous weather outlook, please CLICK HERE. If you have questions about this communication, please contact Christina Moreno, interim business continuity liaison for Magellan Health Services, at CMoreno1@MagellanHealth.com or (480) 625-5878.

 

Thank you.

 

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