Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Planning and Preparedness

Planning and Preparedness

The Heat Policy Innovation Hub is partnering with federal, state, and local agencies to incorporate extreme heat into their existing guidance for weather-related risks.

Planning and preparedness are fundamental aspects of mitigating the impacts of extreme heat on human health. While heat-related illnesses are largely preventable, prevention requires a deep understanding of who is most vulnerable to heat and when, coupled with extensive preparation and strategic planning. Individuals, communities, and health systems need to be equipped with knowledge and resources to proactively guard against the potential dangers of escalating temperatures. The integration of heat vulnerability assessments into health systems and public planning initiatives is crucial.

A climate-informed approach to healthcare, with a specific focus on extreme heat, is vital for creating resilient societies and health systems. Healthcare professionals need to be prepared to protect and serve those most susceptible to the often underestimated yet potentially devastating impacts of extreme heat.


State Hazard Mitigation Planning

The Heat Policy Innovation Hub has assessed the treatment and definition of heat as a hazard in each US state’s most recent hazard mitigation plan and offered recommendations for improvement.

Heat Action Plans

The Heat Policy Innovation Hub is partnering with numerous state and local agencies in North Carolina to create a template for a comprehensive heat action plan, designed to equip counties in their preparation for extreme heat events.

High School Athletics Heat Policy Assessment

Developing a comprehensive understanding of how extreme heat affects student-athletes is essential to creating effective preventive strategies and safety guidelines that prioritize athletes' health and safety.

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