Heat wave Plan for the summer

The Heatwave and Summer preparedness programme of the Heatwave Plan for England becomes operational on Saturday 1st June to raise both public and professional awareness of the health impacts of hot weather, including severe heat. The plan is a key component of emergency planning and is increasingly relevant in adapting to climate change. It provides advice for professionals, organisations, and individuals to enable them to plan for and respond to hot weather.

The Extreme Events and Health Protection team confirm that the 2015 version of the Heatwave Plan for England remains in place until further notice.

The Heatwave Plan for England is supported by a suite of public and professional resources, including the PHE “The health impacts of hot weather and the Heatwave Plan for England” training slide set.  The slide set has been designed for those across the health and social care system and in the voluntary sector with a role in planning for, or responding to, a heatwave event in England.

An off-the-shelf hot weather and health exercise developed for the health and social care emergency planning community is also available from exercises@phe.gov.uk.  This exercise reviews heatwave planning, response and recovery within local health and social care and regional capabilities.

A copy of the plan and its associated supporting documents are available on the PHE website https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/heatwave-plan-for-england.

The Heatwave Plan for England is supported by the ‘Heat-Health Watch’ alert service run by Public Health England in collaboration with the UK Met Office.  The Heatwave and Summer preparedness programme (Level1) runs from 1st June 2019 until 15th September as this is the period when temperature thresholds are most likely to be reached. However, should thresholds for an alert be reached outside of this period, an extraordinary heat-health alert will be issued and stakeholders are advised to take the usual public health actions.

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