Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs on Friday issued an emergency declaration after this summer’s record-breaking heat wave, a move that frees up funding for three counties’ response.

The governor also took several actions, including issuing a new executive order, that will make more funds and cooling centers available as well as help prepare the state for future periods of high heat.

“Arizonans deserve action,” Hobbs said in a statement. “I’ll use every resource at my disposal to help keep Arizonans safe as we recover from this unprecedented heat wave and prepare for future events to ensure our state has the tools to continue thriving and growing.”

Hobbs declared an emergency in Maricopa, Pinal and Coconino counties, areas where there were 30 or more consecutive days with excessive heat warnings, according to her emergency declaration.

Across the three counties, 33 heat-related deaths were reported during the period of excessive heat and more are under investigation, the declaration says…Source – Read More!

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