Arizona Monsoon Safety

MonsoonTypically the Arizona Monsoon Season is June 15th through September 30th of each year. A period of extreme heat is typically ongoing at its onset which, in the coming days or weeks, is followed by an influx of moisture leading to daily rounds of thunderstorms. The heat is deadly in its own right, causing dozens of deaths in Arizona each year. In addition, thunderstorms present an array of hazards which often strike suddenly and with violent force.

If you are outdoors or driving, always be aware of the following:
• When thunder roars, go indoors.
• Seek shelter immediately during a monsoon storm.
• Stay inside for at least 30 minutes after you hear the last roar of thunder to be sure the storm has passed.

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The State by and large has gotten the full force of the monsoon to include rain, blowing dust, lightning and localized flooding. Arizonans can expect to see more of the same over the next two months. Be prepared for whatever the season throws at us.

Arizona is susceptible to an array of natural disasters and emergencies. And while some pose a more immediate threat to life and property in “The Grand Canyon State,” it is in the best interest of individuals, families, and entire communities to take precautions.

Emergencies do not take rain checks and seldom make appointments. And even when an imminent threat is detected, who among us can truly say that they’re ready for any situation? Fortunately, getting prepared for all manner of emergencies and disasters is easy and can be achieved in four simple steps:

  • Make a Plan that identifies a an evacuation route, neighborhood AND area family meeting places, and an out-of-state contact.
  • Prepare a Kit that addresses the survival essentials of potable water, nonperishable food, clean air and warmth, and includes financial and insurance papers, medication and credentials.
  • Be Informed about local emergency plans and procedures, and the public health and safety hazards that could impact your community.
  • Learn More about the natural and man-made hazards we face by visiting the GRIC Office of Emergency Management website here: and the Arizona Emergency Information Network (c/o Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs) website here:


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