Hot Weather Resources
Professionals and Technical Staff
- Minnesota Extreme Heat Toolkit
The MDH Extreme Heat Toolkit provides information to local governments and public health professionals about preparing for and responding to extreme heat events. Extreme heat events can cause a number of health-related problems, including an increase in deaths (mortality) and nonfatal outcomes (morbidity). Yet, almost all of the negative health outcomes from extreme heat can be prevented by taking appropriate measures to ensure that the public stays cool and hydrated during an extreme heat event.
- Excessive Heat Events Guidebook
Designed to help community officials, emergency managers, meteorologists, and others plan for and respond to excessive heat events, the guidebook highlights best practices that have been employed to save lives during excessive heat events in different urban areas and provides a menu of options that officials can use to respond to these events in their communities. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), July 2005)
- MedLine Plus: Heat Illness
Health Information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health on extreme heat and heat-related illness; includes links to a variety of other resources including frequently asked questions about extreme heat (also available in Spanish).
- Management of Heatstroke and Heat Exhaustion
Glazer, J.L., American Family Physician, Vol. 71, No. 11 (June 1, 2005), 2133 – 2140.
A technical guide to health care providers on heat illness. Includes clinical presentation, medical treatment, and a table of medication and substances that may contribute to heat-related illnesses.
- Communicating the Health Risks of Extreme Heat Events: Toolkit for Public Health and Emergency Management Officials
Health Canada; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
- Extreme Heat Media Toolkit
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Sample Media Release
Appendix J, Minnesota Extreme Heat Toolkit, MDH
- Extreme Heat, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA provides tips for individuals and families to prepare for extreme heat and what to do during an extreme heat event. This site also includes a glossary of terms to help distinguish heat watches, warnings, and advisories.
- OSHA Techinical Manual - Section III: Chapter 4 (Heat Stress)
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration provides standards for exposure to extreme heat in the workplace, definitions and symptoms of heat-related illnesses, and strategies for reducing workers’ exposure to extreme heat.
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