With temperatures increasing across Indiana, Hoosiers are becoming more familiar with the risks of extreme heat, which include heat-related illness and death.
To help local governments develop and implement heat relief strategies and response protocols, ERI and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) are launching the “Beat the Heat” program in Spring 2021. The goal of the program is to create sustainable, long-term projects, programs, and educational materials that help residents cope with hot days and the public health impacts associated with heat.
Beginning in May 2021, two local governments will be selected to participate in the two-year program, with each participant receiving funding for a full-time heat management coordinator. In consultation with ERI, the coordinators will:
- Provide technical assistance in data collection and processing;
- Develop marketing and educational materials;
- Outline community engagement techniques; and
- Develop and implementing heat relief strategies.
Each community will receive hospital and emergency management services data related to how hot days impact residents’ health as well as a map of the community’s vulnerable populations.
Questions about the “Beat the Heat” program can be submitted to email@example.com or the ERI hotline: 833-ERI-ATIU (374-2848).