7. Public Safety and Health 

Potential Strategies for Public Safety and Health


Potential Actions

Doing Already

7.1 Health Planning and Monitoring

Improve air quality, extreme-weather and disease warning systems


Realign health services to support heat-sensitive individuals, those susceptible to poor air quality and those experiencing mental and physical exhaustion from repeated emergency events


Include heat wave effects in airshed management planning and local health plans


Incorporate reduced heating and increased cooling infrastructure and costs in decisions


7.2 Emergency Preparedness

Strengthen emergency preparedness, evacuation planning and wildfire suppression capabilities


FireSmart public and private properties



Useful Resources

Adapting to Extreme Heat Events: Guidelines for Assessing Health Vulnerability 

Health Canada information, tools and resources on climate impacts and health