Heat Island Effect
Excessive Heat Events Guidebook
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Designed to help community officials, emergency managers, meteorologists, and others plan for and respond to excessive heat events, the guidebook 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.
The Guidebook was developed with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Municipal officials in both the U.S. and Canada provided useful information that can be used to help the public cope with excessive heat.
As a quick reference resource, the Excessive Heat Events Guidebook in Brief (also available as a PDF File, 2pp., 104 KB) offers summary information and useful tips that can be used when preparing for and responding to excessive heat.
EPA also has a page of general information related to extreme heat events, to help individual, communities, and businesses prepare for and respond to heat waves.