Report Release: Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction – Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Heat Wave Implementation Plan Progress Review (2016) 25 May 2016

Report Release: Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction – Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Heat Wave Implementation Plan Progress Review (2016)

Heat Wave Implementation Plan CDC, EPA, and NOAA Responses Marking Progress on the Grand Challenges

In 2005, the SDR identified a set of challenges that, when addressed, would reduce community vulnerability to disasters and thus create a more disaster-resilient Nation. These were set forth in the report, Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction, which formulated a ten-year strategy for disaster reduction through science and technology. The SDR subsequently developed a Heat Wave Implementation Plan released in 2008 that contained priority science and technology interagency strategic actions to improve the Nation's capacity to mitigate, respond to, and recover from extreme heat events. An ad hoc SDR task force was spun up in 2016 to assess agency progress on addressing the 17 short-, medium-, and long-term strategic actions contained in the SDR Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Heat Wave Implementation Plan.

NOAA 2016 summer outlook: Where are the highest chances for a hot summer in the U.S.? 24 May 2016

NOAA 2016 summer outlook: Where are the highest chances for a hot summer in the U.S.?

Most of the continental United States is facing elevated chances of well above average summer temperatures, according to the latest outlook from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

Michelle Hawkins of NOAA's National Weather Service shares tips for staying safe in extreme heat with The Weather Channel as the FEMA PrepareAthon's Extreme Heat Week begins 22 May 2016

Michelle Hawkins of NOAA's National Weather Service shares tips for staying safe in extreme heat with The Weather Channel as the FEMA PrepareAthon's Extreme Heat Week begins

Michelle Hawkins of NOAA's National Weather Service shares tips for staying safe in extreme heat with The Weather Channel as the FEMA PrepareAthon's Extreme Heat Week begins. She discusses heat watches, warning, and advisories as well as tips for protecting vulnerable populations (including National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Where's Baby campaign) and signs and symptoms of heat stress. For more information on extreme heat and tools and trainings to reduce risk, visit the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) at http://climate.gov/nihhis.

Report Release - Extreme Heat: Hot Cities, 2015 Symposium 26 April 2016

Report Release - Extreme Heat: Hot Cities, 2015 Symposium

AIA Design for Risk and Reconstruction (DfRR)

On November 12, 2015, DfRR brought together an amazing group of speakers representing the broadest cross-section of professions involved in climate change to highlight both the short and long-term impacts of extreme heat and the risks we take if we fail to act. The committee organized panels and case studies in terms of scale, from the most global challenges to the most local opportunities. Conflicting and contrasting solutions were welcome, making for an oftentimes lively debate. The symposium also illuminated the unresolved and the yet-to-be-determined.

USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment Released 4 April 2016

USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment Released

On April 4, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released the inaugural Climate Change and Human Health Assessment: 'Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment." This scientific assessment was developed by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), as part of the ongoing efforts of USGCRP’s sustained National Climate Assessment process and as called for under the President’s Climate Action Plan.

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