Polk County Health Department

2017 Extreme Heat Toolkit

Dear Community Organization,

Thank you for helping keep Polk County residents safe during the extremely hot and humid summer days. We greatly appreciate your support!

Heat related deaths and illnesses are preventable, yet many people don’t take dangerous heat seriously. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during 2006-2010, extreme heat exposure caused 3,332 deaths in the United States. That is more deaths due to extreme heat than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes.

The hot summer days are quickly approaching. Hot and humid days make it unbearable to stay comfortable and can also cause health problems, especially for the elderly, young children and individuals with chronic health conditions.

To ensure our residents’ safety during extreme heat, we have developed a tool kit for your organization to utilize:

Please feel free to call me or email me if you have any additional extreme heat questions.

Thank you for your help!


Nola Aigner, Health Educator/Public Information Officer
Polk County Health Department
Phone: (515) 286-3848
Email: nola.aigner@polkcountyiowa.gov

Contact Us

Phone: (515)-286-3798
Fax: (515)-286-2033
Toll free: 866-209-1300

Address: 1907, Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314