2014 Heatwave Plan Template

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HCCREMS – Heatwave Planning template for Lake Macquarie and the Central Coast – Hunter & Central Coast Environmental Management Strategy (HCCREMS)

The heatwave planning template aims to provide support and guidance to facilitate more active and collaborative planning at a local level to reduce the impacts of heatwaves.

 

 

 

 

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The heatwave planning template aims to provide support and guidance to facilitate more active and collaborative planning at a local level to reduce the impacts of heatwaves.  It addresses not only short term preparation and response to individual heatwave events, but provides recommended approaches for building the long term resilience of communities to this natural hazard that is increasing in both frequency and intensity.

Key elements that are provided within the template include:

1.  Definition of a heatwave.

2.  Heatwave planning objectives.

3.  The legislative and planning context for undertaking local heatwave planning.

4.  An overview of heatwave trends and their impacts on the community:

  • An Action Framework that identifies potential management strategies for addressing heatwave impacts

5.  A model framework to support consistent and coordinated communication strategies by all partner organisations
prior to, during and immediately after a heatwave event.

While the template was developed as a pilot project for the Lake Macquarie, Wyong and Gosford Council Local Government Areas, it is anticipated that it would also have broader relevance to other areas with an interest in local heatwave planning.

Date Published: 2014

Others Involved: HCCREMS – Heatwave Planning template for Lake Macquarie and the Central Coast – Hunter & Central Coast Environmental Management Strategy (HCCREMS), Lake Macquarie City Council, Wyong Shire Council, Gosford City Council, Central Coast Local Health District, Hunter New England Local Health District, Australian Red Cross, NSW Ministry of Police and Emergency Services and NSW Office of Environment & Heritage