Heat emergency response plan
Creating a heat emergency response plan can help governments anticipate heat waves and minimize loss of life. A heat emergency response plan will identify vulnerable populations, set standards to forecast and categorize heat waves, and identify roles and responsibilities for different stakeholders during high-heat events.
Coordinate with local, regional, state/provincial, and/or national entities to prepare a heat emergency response plan.
Considerations for Use
Emergency response plans should be regularly tested and updated. Preventative and emergency communication plans and materials should be included.
Climate:Cold, Hot/Dry, Hot/Humid, Temperate
Policy Levers:CommitmentGovernments set ambitious goals or targets to guide prioritization and investment.
Trigger Points:City planning processesIncludes city initiatives such as the development of climate action plan, pathway to zero-energy, master plan, transit plan, energy mapping etc.Preparatory measures (actions to establish authority to act)Actions to establish/ensure the authority to act when appropriate trigger-points occur.
Sectors:Disaster Risk Management, Informal Settlements, Public Health
Target Beneficiaries:Heat-vulnerable communities, Residents
Phase of Impact:Emergency response and management
Metrics:Reduction in heat-related deaths
Intervention Scale:City, Region, State/Province
Authority and Governance:City government, National government, State/provincial government
Implementation Timeline:Short-term (1-2 Years)
Implementation Stakeholders:CBOs, City government, Industry, National government, Property owners and managers, Public, State/provincial government
Funding Sources:Public investment
Capacity to Act:High, Medium
Co-benefits (Social/Economic):Build community capacity, Build social cohesion, Improve human health