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Communicating the Health Risks of Extreme Heat Events


This Toolkit is intended for use by public health and emergency management officials who are developing or updating heat-health communication strategies. It is designed to guide the development of targeted heat-health communication campaigns and necessary outreach products for specific audiences.

This Toolkit provides:·         An overview of extreme heat events and the potential health risks to all Canadians, especially those most vulnerable to heat-health impacts;·         Guidance on communicating heat-health risks and strategies, including scientifically sound health messages to support the development of effective communication campaigns;·         Guidance to help develop community-specific and tailored heat-health communication campaigns; and·         Template materials for public health and emergency management officials, such as fact sheets, a media release and checklists.

Primary Toolkit:

Climate Change Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Adaptation, Climate, Environmental Health, Health Promotion and Health Education, Natural Disaster, Risk Communication, Vulnerable Populations


Institutional Author:

Health Canada





Five most recent user comments

5 Stars of 5 - Extremely Useful
Tool Review
By Raymond Roe
Great discussion ot heat related issues that impact the public. Filled with information that us usable by health departments and the public.

5 Stars of 5 - Extremely Useful
Very useful!
By Richard Hicks
Identifies communities and population groups most affected by extreme heat events, and provides guidance on developing most effective communication srategies.  Specific, useful examples throughout.

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