Wake County Hazard Mitigation Plan - January 2020


outages. Additional power demand for cooling also increases power line temperature adding to heat impacts. Extreme heat can also cause significant agricultural losses. Between 2007-2017, the sum of claims paid for crop damage due to heat in Wake County was $2,844,454, or an average of $258,587 in losses every year. Losses were greatest in 2016 when 512 acres of flue cured tobacco, soybeans, and corn were affected, resulting in $1,684,909 in crop losses. Table 4.19 summarizes the crop losses due to drought in reported in the RMA system. Table 4.30 – Crop Losses Resulting from Heat, 2007-2017

Year 2008 2010 2011 2012 2015 2016 2017 Total

Determined Acres

Indemnity Amount



1480.92 296.21 456.98 239.62 512.32 386.77 6,391.67

$338,250.00 $104,999.00 $114,504.00 $280,358.30 $494,026.75 $179,418.00 $2,844,454.10

Source: USDA Risk Management Agency


Wild animals are vulnerable to heat disorders similar to humans, including mortality. Vegetation growth will be stunted or plants may be killed if temperatures rise above their tolerance extremes. Consequence Analysis

Table 4.31 summarizes the potential negative consequences of extreme heat. Table 4.31 – Consequence Analysis – Extreme Heat




Extreme heat may cause illness and/or death.


Consequences may be greater for responders if their work requires exertion and/or wearing heavy protective gear. Continuity of operations is not expected to be impacted by extreme heat because warning time for these events is long. Minor impacts may occur, including possible damages to road surfaces and power lines. Environmental impacts include strain on local plant and wildlife, including potential for illness or death.

Continuity of Operations (including Continued Delivery of Services) Property, Facilities and Infrastructure


Economic Condition of the Jurisdiction Public Confidence in the Jurisdiction’s Governance

Farmers may face crop losses or increased livestock costs.

Extreme heat is unlikely to impact public confidence.

Wake County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan 2019


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