Interior Health has created a series of community health and climate change maps designed to help prepare for and plan for events caused by climate change.
For example, last summer’s heat dome was extremely harsh on certain parts of the population, such as the elderly.
“Recent events have demonstrated the importance of planning and preparing for natural disasters associated with climate change,” said Interior Health President and CEO Susan Brown. “These new community health and climate change maps will support the safety and well-being of people living in the region and we encourage everyone to take the opportunity now to plan for the effects of climate change.”
The maps are intended to assist governments and partners in planning by indicating climate-sensitive areas that could impact various construction projects.
The maps detail the areas within each Regional District of the Inland Health Zone that could be most affected by the following:
• High temperatures
• Low temperatures
• Forest fire smoke
The idea is to get community leaders thinking, talking and planning about climate change and its effects. It can inform emergency response planning and policy development. Interior Health encourages communities to work with them to develop strategies to build climate-resilient communities.
“The maps show the communities most vulnerable to different climate hazards and allow us to focus our efforts and work together to plan and prepare,” said Dr Sue Pollock, Chief Medical Officer of Health, in a press release. “For example, the maps show communities that may be most affected by heat; this information helps us identify appropriate actions communities can take to keep people healthy and safe.
To learn more, visit Interior Health’s Climate resilience and planning webpage.