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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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The NIHHIS is an integrated system that builds understanding of the problem of extreme heat, defines demand for climate services that enhance societal resilience, develops science-based products and services from a sustained climate science research program, and improves capacity, communication, and societal understanding of the problem in order to reduce morbidity and mortality due to extreme heat. The NIHHIS is a jointly developed system by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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