How to prepare for monsoon season in Arizona
Monsoons are created when moisture meets with extreme summer heat and the humidity increases. This creates perfect conditions for weather hazards like heavy rain, high winds, lightning, dust storms and flash floods. Arizona's monsoon is from mid-June through the end of September.
Arizonans are encouraged to take the following actions in preparation for the season:
- Plan: Write and rehearse a family communication plan. The plan should identify a meeting place and include out-of-town contacts.
- Prepare: Build an emergency go kit with enough nonperishable food and water to last your family, including pets, for at least 72 hours. Include family prescriptions, copies of important documents and a weather radio(link is external). Additionally, include items such as face coverings, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes in your go kit to protect you and your family from illness.
- Inquire: Know what hazards are in your community and where you travel. Get current weather forecasts on TV, on the radio or online. Visit the hazard viewer(link is external) and enter your address to learn about hazards in your area.
- Inspire: Be a preparedness example for others in your community. Check your home for potential hazards like overhanging trees and loose debris, donate blood, do a fire drill at home, or check in with your neighbors about their plans for a power outage.