Track 1: Building and Sustaining Resilient Communities
Part A: The Heat Is On: A Data-Driven Extreme Heat Response Program
This session will provide an overview of several features that PDPH has incorporated into planning for extreme heat, including development of a Heat Vulnerability Index (HVI), revised levels and thresholds for declared heat emergencies that are based on analysis of historical weather conditions and health outcomes, and ongoing program evaluation.
Part B: Supporting Unsheltered Homeless Populations During Extreme Cold
Boston is all too familiar with the public health impacts of extreme temperatures. These impacts disproportionately affect our most vulnerable residents, including our homeless residents. This session will focus on Boston’s efforts to support homeless populations during one of our longest extreme cold periods in almost 100 years.
Part C: Promoting Disaster Resilience in Residential Non-Profit Organizations Serving Homeless Veterans
Homeless service providers often face challenges in preparing their organizations for disasters. The absence of user-friendly, targeted guidance is a major gap. This session presents a new manual tailored to guide organizations serving homeless veterans in meeting a new disaster preparedness requirement from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.