Judy, Phoenix is one of those cities. He created the first publicly funded Office of Heat Response and Mitigation to focus on heat-related issues.
I am accompanied by its director, David Hondula, to talk about what cities can do to be better prepared.
David, thank you for joining the “NewsHour”.
Phoenix is used to months of triple-digit temperatures, but when you see triple-digit temperatures in the UK, when you see Austin, Texas, which is already experiencing 40 days of triple-digit temperatures this summer, is it shocking, even for you?
David Hondula, Phoenix Office of Heat Response and Mitigation: Those are shocking numbers.
And thank you for having us, Stephanie.
Shocking numbers and numbers that leave us truly concerned about the public health impacts of this extreme heat in communities where the infrastructure was never designed for it. We are fortunate in Phoenix that coping with the heat has been a part of everyday life for decades.
But the kind of extreme heat we’re seeing right now isn’t something that communities around the world have faced. And, sadly, we are already seeing reports of a very significant public health toll in these places.