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2020 Heat Watch Campaigns Progressing, Innovating
Thea Kindschuh

2020 Heat Watch Campaigns Progressing, Innovating

As our thirteen Heat Watch campaign cities progress through the campaign planning steps (color corresponds with flowchart phase), local organizers are creatively adapting the Heat Watch process. We've compiled highlights from some campaigns below. 

El Paso, TX & Las Cruces, NM

These two cities teamed up to conduct their heat mapping assessments on the same day. The Las Cruces team recruited university students through their partnership with New Mexico State University, while El Paso organizers reached their many volunteers through the nearby University of Texas El Paso campus. 

Houston, TX

With an especially large mapping area (over 300 square miles!), the Houston/Harris County team created its own website to recruit volunteers. Available in both Spanish and English, this user-friendly website promotes the purpose of the heat mapping campaign, the partners involved, media stories and provides the many relevant documents to volunteers.

Miami, FL

Thunderstorms and rains aused the Miami campaign to shift dates and adapt. The National Weather Service Miami/ South Florida generously provided campaign conditions for each mapping hour of potential campaign days, and coordinators at the City of Miami and non-profit partner Catalyst Miami communicated updates with volunteers using the free messaging platform, WhatsApp.

Austin, TX

To enhance the design of campaign routes, the Austin team is using a data-driven approach and gathering priority areas and points of interest into an interactive web-map. Data layers include the locations of mobile home parks, affordable housing units, cooling centers, transit stops and parks, as well as information on social vulnerability, heat risk, and life expectancy. 

Cincinnati, OH

A handful of participants in Cincinnati will traverse their campaign routes from behind the wheel of several electric vehicles, as part of a coordinated effort with EV Cincy and the Cincinnati EV Car Club. These initiatives aim to promote education and use of electric vehicles and will help to create a low carbon footprint for Cincinnati’s campaign.

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New Podcast: Can't Take the Heat 14 July 2020

New Podcast: Can't Take the Heat

GHHIN & NIHHIS Partner: Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

The 'Can't Take the Heat' podcast explores how people will adapt to a warming world. Host Roop Singh approaches the biggest challenges posed by climate change, like more intense and frequent heatwaves, from a humanitarian perspective. How will the impacts of climate change affect people around the world? What are the big solutions that are in the works? How do we make them happen? The podcast features experts from around the world including leading scientists developing climate solutions, and humanitarian volunteers telling stories of climate change from the frontlines of disasters.

CDC Launches Heat & Health Tracker Tool 13 July 2020

CDC Launches Heat & Health Tracker Tool

NIHHIS Partner: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a first-of-its-kind online tool to help emergency and public health planners prepare for and respond to extreme heat events. The Heat & Health Tracker provides timely, user-friendly, local-level heat and health data and information.

Detroit NPR Affiliate Covers Urban Heat Island Campaign 13 July 2020

Detroit NPR Affiliate Covers Urban Heat Island Campaign

National Public Radio

Detroit Urban Heat Island mapping campaign lead Jordan Larson is interviewed by local NPR affiliate.

10 June 2020

Scenario Responses for Heat Watch Campaign Organizers

Like preparing for climate change, being adaptive is essential for a successful community heat-mapping campaign. We offer the following advice on five of the most common scenarios that can occur during a Heat Watch campaigns.

NOAA leads community scientists in mapping hottest parts of 13 U.S. cities this summer 3 June 2020

NOAA leads community scientists in mapping hottest parts of 13 U.S. cities this summer

This summer, citizen scientists will map hot spots, known as “urban heat islands,” in 13 cities across the country to help communities identify areas where they can take action to protect people from heat stress.

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