July 18, 2021

After 20 Heat-Related Deaths, Some Say Spokane Region Needs Better Planning for Future Heat Waves

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Climate scientists and public health experts say that heat-related deaths are preventable, yet 20 people died in Spokane County, Wash., from causes believed to be related to an unprecedented heat wave that hit the Pacific Northwest, reported The Spokesman-Review.

Ashley Ward, senior policy associate for engagement and outreach for the Internet of Water, has studied climate change, heat, and its impact on public health in the Carolinas. Ward spoke to the newspaper about what can be done to prevent deaths and adequately prepare communities for heat waves.

“I think what’s effective is leveraging the networks that already exist in communities to help not only develop a proper response but to develop proper messaging,” Ward said.

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