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Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs Declares State of Emergency

Officials with Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs’ office announced on Aug. 11 that a State of Emergency has been declared due to the historic heat wave parts of the state experienced this summer.

The purpose of the State of Emergency, according to a statement, is to support local heat efforts.

“Extreme heat threatens our health. It can lead to illness, emergency room visits, and even loss of life,” said Gov. Hobbs, in the statement. “Arizonans deserve action. I’ll use every resource at my disposal to help keep Arizonans safe as we recover from the heat wave and prepare for future events to ensure our state has the tools to continue growing and thriving.”

According to the emergency declaration, $200,000 will be made available to the Director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management, due to heat-related exposure in Coconino, Maricopa and Pinal Counties from June 30 to July 30, 2023.

In addition, Gov. Hobbs issued an Executive Order that includes:

  • The opening of two new cooling centers and heat relief facilities on the ground of the Capitol Mall
  • Formalize and centralize networks for cooling centers and heat relief coordination around Arizona
  • Propose policy changes and legislative proposals to build future heat resiliency
  • Identify resource needs across Arizona, as well as potential sources of funds to address those needs
  • Identify ways to ensure Arizona is receiving sufficient Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) dollars, and that those dollars are being used efficiently and effectively

The historic heat began blasting the region in June. Phoenix and its suburbs sweltered more and longer than most, with several records including the 31 consecutive days of 110 degrees Fahrenheit-plus (43.4 degrees Celsius) weather. The previous record was 18 straight days, set in 1974. In addition, 33 confirmed heat-related deaths have been reported in three Arizona counties.

“We know that the heat is increasing year after year. We have data to support that,” said Cleo Warner, Human Services Planner with the Maricopa Association of Governments. “We know that the need increases every year, and the resources we need in the community. Those added resources will be very needed, and will go to good use.”

  • Jack in the Box says:

    40-43 dgr. Celsius is a heat wave??? Wonder what I should call it when I visited Bullhead City in 1988 and the temperature were 52 dgr. Celsius in the shade for the whole week I were there, and according to the person I visited it lasted for a longer period!!
    These climate religion gurus are dangerous, even more dangerous than heat itself! Stay inside and you will be safe! If you go out, make sure you are close to water so you can cool down!

  • Louis says:

    $200K…for how many millions of Arizonan’s?! Hobbs is another evil, crooked Soros ‘plant’. The result of another RIGGED AND STOLEN election. She wasn’t even qualified to run for the position because she was IN CHARGE of elections at the time which made her – INELIGIBLE. However, I do forget: WE NO LONGER LIVE IN A CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC, BUT UNDER A NEO-MARXIST REGIME which not only doesn’t recognize the Constitution, but also rule of law. Therefore – ANYTHING GOES, as long as it goes the way of the global elites.

    As a kid, I grew up for a number of years in Maricopa County, (early ’60’s). Wouldn’t even think of visiting it today.

  • Louis says:

    Hobbs: Someone who’s lived in the state (almost) her entire life, but can’t take the heat? The quintessential definition of a real PUSSY!

  • cj says:

    omg…the level of narcissism and stupidity is beyond. ITS THE FKING DESERT, FOOL.

  • Nana says:

    Ive been in that heat, it was humid, so made me sweat heaps, otherwise not that bad, + no one died around me, it wasnt even mentioned on the news.

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