StormReady® communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through better planning, education, and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady® can help communities save lives. View a brochure.
Peoria received their StormReady designation in August 2004. "The National Weather Service recognized Peoria for the wide variety of community disaster resistant projects that help prepare citizens for severe desert weather and flood threats," said Phoenix NWS Weather Forecast Office Meteorologist in Charge, Anton Haffer. "Peoria is the third community within the Phoenix metropolitan area to receive this formal certification. Paradise Valley and Mesa received their certifications in 2003. Read the entire news story.
Extreme heat can be a serious concern in Arizona during the summer months. Learn about heat waves from the Red Cross.
In the Arizona desert, it is important to know Desert Survival Tips and Information.
Be prepared for extreme heat conditions. Find out about how to be prepared from FEMA.
Understanding the heat index is an important part to preventing heat illness. Learn about the heat index and other heat safety topics from the National Weather Service.
Flash Flood during an Arizona storm can submerge you in an instant (literally). Find out from the Red Cross about flash floods and how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of one.
Be prepared for a flash flood - Click here to find out how from the National Weather Service. It is important to not only know what to do before a flash flood, but also what to do during and after a flash flood. Learn from FEMA what to do before, during, and after.
Power Outages and Blackouts
Power outages, or blackouts, can occur unexpectedly during a Monsoon storm. Find out from the Red Cross about safety during a blackout and how you can prepare. Rolling Blackouts can also be planned due to extreme electrical demand (such as during periods of extreme heat), weather conditions, issues with the utility company or delivery system, or other issues. Learn more about rolling blackouts from the Red Cross. To report a power outage in your area, contact your local utility company. Two of the most common utility providers in Peoria are APS and SRP.
Lightning is one of the most severe hazards during the Arizona Monsoon season. Learn about lightning from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association (NOAA). You can also learn about lightning from the National Weather Service. Lightning can not only damage property, it can be a killer. Learn the medical aspects of lightning from the National Weather Service. View fact sheets and videos regarding lightning.