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The Heat Emergency Challenge: Adapting to Climate Change in Tucson

June 25, 2014
Tucson, Arizona

Time: 6 – 7:30 pm
Location: Himmel Library Meeting Room, 1035 N Treat Ave

What happens if the temperature hits 115 degrees for over a week? How can we prepare for and help prevent medical emergencies in extreme heat events? Who’s at risk?

Join us as we meet with neighborhood and civic leaders to explore these questions. This hands-on workshop will lead you through our “Group Conversation Packet” to prepare you to host conversations in your neighborhood. The process, developed by and for Tucsonans, is solution-based and provides additional resources. Topics include: how to increase your neighborhood cohesiveness; how to prevent heat-related medical emergencies and make life-saving necessities available; and how to prepare for a hotter future. We will begin with a short presentation on the science behind the prediction that the southwest will get hotter. During tonight’s special presentation, your valuable input will be solicited to help improve our program and materials.

Space is limited—please register. Email

Presenters include Joanie Sawyer, community activist, and Michael Ray, Limberlost Neighborhood Association President. Joanie and Michael are members of the Vulnerable Communities and Neighborhoods Working Group, an outcome of the 2013 Climate Smart Southwest regional conference held in Tucson, September 21, 2013 (see

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