A Safety Message from the City of Mesa’s Energy Resources Department
SAFELY “WEATHER” THE MONSOONS
Mesa’s weather is stable and dry most of the year; however, the period from June 15th through September 30th, “The Monsoon”, is often an exception to that rule. The Monsoon is a period when extreme heat is frequently followed by an influx of moisture leading to often daily rounds of thunderstorms and other weather related events. In Arizona, lightning strikes, high winds, micro-bursts (small, intense wind downdrafts capable of producing winds in excess of 100 miles per hour, resulting from the acceleration and divergence of cool air as it approaches the hot ground), tornadoes, and flash flooding have caused deaths, injuries, and more than $60 million in property damage every year since 1995.
The Monsoon is not a time to fear, it is a time to be ready:
Ø Review and refresh your family’s knowledge of electric and natural gas safety both inside and outside your home;
Ø Have an emergency plan and kit prepared and ready to be put into action; and
Ø Know what to do during and after any resulting energy outages.
Knowledge and preparation is the best way to “weather” any storm.
Visit www.mesaaz.gov/energy for more information.