The Department of Climate & Environmental Justice is set to prepare the city for the effects of climate change
The New York City Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice created a heat wave risk alert system for organizations that serve people with disabilities or provide access to functional needs.
The alert system will notify organizations that serve at-risk populations like the eldery, the chronically ill, and disabled, about incoming heat waves.
Incidences of extreme heat have slowly grown into one of the “leading weather-related causes of death” according to an EPA report. The city has kept cooling centers open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in public spaces including public libraries, senior centers and more for members of the public to shelter from heat waves.
The EPA has also projected that the frequency of extreme heat weather events will continue to increase at our current trajectory.
A quote here would be nice, even if it’s just from the EPA report.
New York City’s Department of Emergency Management defines extreme heat as: “temperatures that hover 10 degrees or more above the average high temperature for the region, last for prolonged periods of time, and are accompanied by high humidity”.
For businesses that want to register for the advanced warning system, they may do so for free via the NYCgov website here.