Local actions to address extreme heat

A series of 20 case studies examined how cities across Canada are adapting to extreme heat. The analysis identified core elements of heat alert and response systems designed to reduce the risk of illness and fatality during extremely hot days. It also highlighted the following seven lessons learned: many communities are taking action now; a culture of prevention is the trigger for action; there is great value in existing networks and partnerships; evaluation and continuous innovation are essential; focus preparedness on the most vulnerable; invest in prevention to reduce the risk of loss; and national and provincial leadership supports local preparedness.

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