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Heat Alert & Response Planning for Interior BC Communities: A Toolkit

2020 – Interior Health and SHIFT Collaborative

Due to changes in the climate, British Columbia is experiencing an increase in annual summer temperatures and extremely hot days. On average, Canada is warming at about double the magnitude of global warming, and British Columbia is warming faster than many parts of Canada. Episodes of very hot weather, also known as heatwaves, are dangerous for the health and wellbeing of communities and can cause illness and death. B.C’s interior region often has hot summers, and they can expect an increase in the frequency, duration and severity of extreme heat events due to climate change. The purpose of the toolkit is to provide community partners practical information and resources that will assist them in developing and implementing systems and strategies to respond to extreme heat, specifically in rural communities.

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