Excessive Heat Events Guidebook

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency produced the Excessive Heat Events Guidebook, with assistance from federal, state and local government and academic partners, to help community officials, emergency managers, meteorologists, and others plan for and respond to excessive heat events (EHE). It highlights best practices that have been employed to save lives during excessive heat events in different urban areas and provides a menu of options that officials can use to respond to these events in their communities.

Chapter 2 discusses the range of EHE-attributable medical conditions, adverse health outcomes, and provides estimates of heat-attributable deaths per summer and mortality rates for over 35 U.S. metropolitan areas.

Chapter 3 summarizes currently observed responses to EHE conditions, and provides detailed case studies of EHE Notification and Response Programs for Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Toronto.

Publication Date: June 2006

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