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Don't get killed by Heatwave Heather! https://www.axios.com/2022/06/08/hurricanes-wildfires-heat-waves-names-categories https://onebillionresilient.org/project/categorizing-and-naming-heat-waves/ This "Heat Waves" song plays constantly on TV music channels... Categorizing and naming heat waves Heat waves have been dubbed “the silent killer” the dangers they pose wreak havoc that is largely unseen, and awareness of the human and economic devastation caused by heat waves is profoundly insufficient. To combat extreme heat and its impact on lives and livelihoods, Arsht-Rock is piloting initiatives to categorize heat waves based on their effect on human health and to name them, much like how hurricanes, tornadoes, and winter storms are named and categorized across the world. Because the health risks of heat waves are more severe than any other natural disaster and increasingly common, Arsht-Rock is developing innovative, location-specific warning and categorization systems that are centered on human health outcomes. Why is Arsht-Rock categorizing and naming heat waves? Today, extreme heat kills up to half a million people a year worldwide. Many of these deaths are preventable with appropriate preparation and action during heat waves. Most warning systems today rely solely on weather conditions to call heat warnings. Research shows, however, that also considering the health impacts of dangerous weather, categorizing the severity of weather events, and naming the worst events increases the likelihood that people will take the actions necessary to prepare and protect themselves. For this reason, many natural disasters are already categorized and named, including hurricanes, typhoons, and tornadoes. We should be doing the same for heat, the deadliest natural disaster we face.