Due to climate changes, BC is experiencing an increase in average summer temperatures and extremely hot days.
Although BC is historically considered more temperate than the rest of Canada, in 2009, over 100 premature deaths due to extreme heat over the course of a week were recorded in Vancouver alone.
In order to ensure that municipalities and health authorities are prepared for the public health risks posed by extreme heat, BCCDC assessed current perceptions and levels of preparedness of health authorities and municipalities regarding extreme heat.
This review describes the interest in and approaches to addressing the risks associated with extreme heat by health authorities and municipalities in BC. From these findings, gaps in knowledge will be shown and recommendations made to advance heat response planning in BC.
This guide can be used to help BC municipalities develop extreme heat plans, ideally in a way that these plans are integrated with existing emergency preparedness strategies.