Preparing for the Health Hazards of Extreme Heat
NOAA-funded cooperative science centers; and international partners including Health Canada, Environment Canada, and the International Association for Urban Climate.
The Summit emphasized the importance of partnerships and knowledge sharing between communities of practice in meteorology and public health, driven by a shared interest in protecting people. Summit discussions focused on 1) understanding decision-making contexts, such as the process by which the NOAA National Weather Service issues a heat watch, warning, or advisory; 2) the need for better access to heat-related health data, which is currently limited by privacy issues; and 3) the need for both national consistency and local-scale flexibility in heat forecasting approaches, statistical studies, messaging and outreach efforts, and reporting of heat-related fatalities. Outcomes from the Summit, which are intended to advance cooperation between the meteorology and public health communities include guidance documents for engaging local offices, joint outreach and communications plans, collaborative research to investigate the utility of extended heat forecasts, and a meeting with international partners to compare methods and lessons learned.