With temperatures soaring up to 120 degrees, many in Arizona were left desperately trying to cool down as an excessive heat warning was issued by Arizona’s Department of Health Services back in late June. Close to 1,300 people between 2005 to 2015 died due to excessive natural heat and 130 died of heat-related causes in Maricopa. The extreme heat has had an effect on everyone within the state, especially those who have outdoor based businesses.
Extreme Heat and Businesses
While people in other parts of the country might find it fascinating to watch videos of people in Arizona frying eggs on the sidewalk, Arizona natives are finding it to be much more of a nuisance. Due to record-breaking temperatures, many businesses were forced to alter their services in order to accommodate the extreme weather.
Here are a few businesses that have had to accommodate the heat:
Total Wine: Because of the extreme heat, Total Wine decided to halt all shipping orders in the Valley while the heat warning was in place. While this definitely resulted in a loss of sales, Total Wine wanted to keep the “integrity” of the product.
American Airlines: American Airlines canceled more than 40 flights as a result of the extreme heat in the West. In addition, the airline suggested that people who had flights scheduled during the 3pm to 6pm window should consider rescheduling (free of charge) to a different time in order to avoid any last minute cancelations or delays that may result from the excessive heat.
Phoenix State Parks & Hiking: With more than 200 hikers having to be rescued from city desert and mountain parks each year, the City of Phoenix Park Rangers advised locals and visitors to avoid hiking during triple-digit temperatures.
Arizona Animal Welfare League: AAWL closed its doors so that workers and volunteers were able to focus on caring for the animals during the duration of the heat wave. The June 2017 heat wave was the second closure due to excessive heat for the shelter in the 46 years it has been open.
In addition to businesses closing due to excessive heat, there were many reported wildfires and power outages that resulted in issues for businesses as well.
Preparing Your Business For Extreme Heat
It’s important to make sure that your business is prepared for any potential business disruption. If you live in an area that is more prone to heat waves, then it is crucial that you take the proper precautions to ensure that employees and visitors will be safe during an incident.
Here are a few ways to better prepare your business for extreme heat:
- Include a disaster supply kit and the location of it within your businesses Emergency Action Plan (EAP)
- Weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool air in
- Keep storm windows up all year long
- Train management in first aid so they are able to treat heat-related emergencies at the office
To learn more about how Preparis can help assist you with building an EAP that can ensure you are prepared for any incident, click here.