The Heatwave Plan and accompanying guidance is intended to raise public and professional awareness on how to prepare in case of severe hot weather and potential heatwaves this summer.
The Plan has been developed in partnership with the Health Protection Agency, and is supported by the Met Office. It sets out the risks to health of exposure from severe heat, and the steps people can take to protect their own health, and to reduce the risks of illness and death in the most vulnerable people.
This year there is a specific focus on large scale public events in light of the events and celebrations planned this summer, and to provide advice during Ramadan, which this year falls over the summer period.
The accompanying guidance published alongside the Heatwave Plan includes:
- an Equality Analysis
- a ‘Making the Case’ document which outlines the impacts of heat on health
- Heatwave: looking after yourself and others during hot weather (2011) – a public information factsheet
- Heatwave: supporting vulnerable people before and during a heatwave – advice for health and social care professionals (2012)
- Heatwave: supporting vulnerable people before and during a heatwave – advice for care home managers (2012)
Download Heatwave plan for England 2012 and accompanying documents
Department of Health