Weather | Safety | Planning
AirNow reports air quality using the official U.S. Air Quality Index (AQI), a color-coded index designed to communicate whether air quality is healthy or unhealthy.  

Air Quality and Outdoor Activity Guidance for Schools
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

Guidance for Schools During Wildfire Smoke Events

Cold Weather Safety Information

NYS Office of Emergency Management 
Contains safety resources for extreme weather (lightning, heat, cold).

National Weather Service Windchill Chart
Provides an interactive chart that can be used to determine wind chill based on temperature and wind speed.

Cold Weather Safety for Children -

Winter Weather|CDC

Frostbite - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic  

Hot Weather Safety Information

NYSDOH Extreme Heat Advice
This webpage contains heat advice, including procedures for athletes and coaches, workers and employers and heat and health data.

Heat and Health Tracker
This nationwide tool from the CDC's Climate and Health Program provides heat-health outcome information at the Zip code level. It can be utilized to prepare for extreme heat and prevent heat-related illness. 

Preventing Heat-Related Illness
This CDC webpage provides information, resources, and infographics on heat-related illness and prevention strategies for children and athletes.

Heat Illness Prevention 
The OSHA Health Illness Prevention campaign educates employers and workers on the dangers of working in the heat.

Heat Wave/Heat Index
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides information on the health dangers of heat, how to prepare, the danger of leaving children in cars, and additional information from the American Red Cross.

National Integrated Health Information System serves as the premier source of heat and health information to reduce the health, economic, and infrastructural impacts of extreme heat by providing planning, education, and action tools.

Extreme Heat and People Who Use Drugs (NYSDOH 5/24)
Provides information to clinicians on the prevention and treatment of heat-related illness. Clinicians should discuss heat illness symptoms and prevention with those who are at risk.

Weather and Athletics

New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA)


NYSPHSAA Safety and Research Page 
Includes resources for heat and cold on heat index and guidelines, wind chill procedures, early season acclimatization, and thunder and lightning.

Lightning Safety Tips National Weather Services 
Contains safety info for groups/venues, model lightning safety plans, and resources for educators 

National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement on Exertional Heat Illnesses
Recommendations on prevention, recognition, and treatment of exertional heat illnesses including exercise-associated muscle cramps, heat syncope, heat exhaustion, and exertional heatstroke.    

Climatic Heat Stress and Exercising Children and Adolescents 
This guide provides updated guidance on preparation, modifications, and monitoring for safe participation in outdoor sports and physical activities in warm to hot climatic conditions.

Resources for Families for Heating Assistance

NYS Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Provides assistance to low-income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs, including heating and cooling. The HEAP Hotline is 1-800-342-3009.

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Page Updated 6/17/24