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Am J Public Health. 2004 Sep;94(9):1520-2.

Municipal heat wave response plans.

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  • 1Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA.


Approximately 400 people die from extreme heat each year in the United States, and the risk of heat waves may increase as a result of global climate change. Despite the risk of heat-related morbidity and mortality, many cities lack written heat response plans. In a review of plans from 18 cities at risk for heat-related mortality, we found that many cities had inadequate or no heat response plans. This is an important area for further investigation and government attention.

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