The Department of Public Health Reminds you to Be Climate Ready. Always stay informed, prepared, and have a plan.
Below you will find information and tips on how you can prepare. Feel free to jump to a specific section:
Extreme HeatExtreme ColdPet PreparednessExtreme Weather Task ForceZikaWest Nile Virus
We remind our community to be mindful of extreme heat during the summer. Stay cool, stay hydrated and always stay informed!
Find places in your community where you can go to get cool. The City Of El Paso offers cooling centers during extreme heat warnings. Call 2-1-1 for more information to find the nearest cooling center to you. Here are some tips on how to keep your home cool during periods of extreme heat:
Those who are in need of a fan can dial 2-1-1 to check for eligibility criteria and receive details on how to receive a free fan.
If you plan on being outside, be prepared. Wear a hat wide enough to protect your face and find shade. Wear loose, lightweight, and light-colored clothing. Remember to always use a minimum of SPF 15 and to apply at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. Remember to apply to ears, scalp, lips, neck, tops of feet, and the back of hands. If you perspire heavily or will be in the water, remember to reapply at least every 2 hours.
Avoid strenuous activities. They increase the chance of dehydration which can lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or a heat stroke.
Drink plenty of fluids.
Keep updated through the local news for any weather updates. Know if your area will be affected due to the extreme weather and look out for information on planned power outages. Have a plan in place in case of emergencies. Check yourself, your family members, and your neighbors.
Never leave people or pets in a closed car. Never leave children in a car, even for a minute. Children’s temperature can rise 3-5 degrees higher than an adult's. Cars can get dangerously hot fast. Have a plan for your family and pets before needing to leave your home. Plan to leave them with someone or take them down with you.
Do NOT leave your pet inside a Car!
Leaving pets locked in cars is never safe. But when the weather gets warmer, it can be deadly. High temperatures can cause irreparable organ damage and even death. Protecting animals from unnecessary death is a problem we can all agree to prevent.
Cool outside doesn't mean cool in the car!
What to do when you see an animal in a hot vehicle:
Can Animals Get Sunburned?
For more information call 3-1-1 or 2-1-1 for a list of available services.
The City of El Paso is offering FREE cooling stations. The cooling stations are open on the following schedules:
Monday - Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday from noon - 7 p.m.
Cooling stations are available at:
UV Radiation from the sun can be dangerous. It can cause premature aging and skin cancer. We are exposed to the sun when it penetrates clouds and gas and bounced off snow, water, and sand. Sun damage accumulates over the years, from prolonged outdoor exposure to simple activities like walking the dog, going from your car to the store, and outdoor gardening.
Tips to keep you and your family safe from UV radiation:
The City of El Paso averages 297 days of sunshine each year. Affectionately known as the “Sun City”, it is home to more than 250 parks and 3,000 acres of open space. While El Pasoans appreciate many days of joyous sunshine, those UV rays can be harmful to the unprotected. Nearly 90% of all melanomas are thought to be caused by exposure o UV light and sunlight.
The Sun Smart campaign - in partnership with the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation and the City of El Paso is aimed to provide sunscreen dispensers for our most vulnerable population – our children.
Look for the bright yellow dispensers in city spray parks and public gathering places sponsored by El Paso Live. Dispensers are also along the Playa Drain Trail, a city-wide trail beginning at Ascarate Park.
The Foundation is pleased to provide ‘loaners’ for your sun-filled events. Please send your request for dispensers via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Email your contact information, date of your event, anticipated numbers, and location.
Don't Get Stung By The Sun
The EWTF provides free fans to qualified individuals. In addition, the task force provides education for the community about the necessary steps to be prepared and protected from the effects of severe weather. EWTF encourages the “Buddy System” through the community to check on their neighbors and elderly family members. Call 2-1-1 to request or donate a fan.
Windy weather and dust storms can affect our health and safety. When winds are sustained at 40mph damage is possible. During strong thunderstorms, wind speeds can exceed 100MPH. High winds can blow objects around and pose a significant threat to your safety.
Follow these tips to stay safe during the windy months ahead.
See Wind Zones in the United States
See Indoor Safe Zones
Protect Your Body From Cold Hydrate: Keep your fluid intake high to ensure your skin is prepared from the inside out.
Your pet is family. Their safety and well-being are a priority for you every day, but have you thought about what you would do with your pet in an emergency?
Although you can never completely control what will happen during an emergency, you can take steps to be as prepared as possible. By taking some easy actions now, you can avoid having to make difficult and dangerous decisions during an emergency.
For sheltering in place, pick a room with few or no windows, no toxic chemicals or plants, and make sure to close off small areas where frightened pets could get stuck. Include your pet in your family’s plan—everyone should know who will grab the pet(s), supplies, and where you will meet during an emergency.
Prepare a disaster kit for your pet(s) with these items. Ask your veterinarian for help putting it together.
Dog Pet Disaster Kit Checklist Cat Pet Disaster Kit Checklist
Pet Boarding Instructions
Planning and preparing can help you manage the impact of a winter storm and keep you and your family safe. Major winter storms can last several days, trapping people at home without utilities or other services.
Be alert to changing weather conditions in your area with alerts, radio and other news outlets for information and new updates.
Zika virus is spread to people primarily through mosquito bites. The mosquitoes that spread Zika can bite at day and night. Zika virus can also be spread during sex with a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners and from a pregnant woman to her fetus during pregnancy.
Many people infected with Zika won't have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).
The best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites:
Zika Prevention Takes a Community. Do Your Part. Control Mosquitoes Flyer (English) (Spanish) Zika - Protection from Mosquitoes (English) (Spanish) Zika and Septic Tanks Flyer (Bilingual)
Mosquitoes spread many types of viruses and parasites that can cause disease like chikungunya, dengue, Zika, and malaria. If you are traveling to an area with active Zika cases, we encourage you to create a Zika Prevention Kit(ZPK). The products in a ZPK can help protect you from Zika.
CDC recommends special precautions for pregnant women to protect themselves from Zika virus infection. Zika infection during pregnancy causes a birth defect called microcephaly and other brain problems. Follow the links below to access specific information relating to Zika and pregnancy.
Are you itching for relief from mosquitoes? Contact the Code of Compliance Division of the City of El Paso Environmental Services Department at phone number 3-1-1. The Code of Compliance Division oversees the city’s vector control program, which combats mosquito breeding in El Paso County. The mosquito abatement efforts are intended to reduce the spread of West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne infections.
See what is being done to control mosquitoes in your area