Biden Administration Launches National System to Monitor Heat-Related Illnesses
The Biden administration has introduced a new federal system called EMS HeatTracker to track heat-related illnesses across the United States.
Growing Impact of Extreme Heat Prompts Urgent Action
Following a summer of record-breaking temperatures, the urgent need to address the effects of extreme heat on communities has been emphasized.
National Dashboard to Display Emergency Services Nationwide
The EMS HeatTracker will include a national dashboard that showcases maps of emergency services responding to heat-related illness calls across the country.
Gathering Data Points on Affected Individuals
In addition to mapping emergency services, the EMS HeatTracker will gather data on the age, race, gender, and urbanicity of individuals affected by heat-related illnesses.
Highlighting the Threat of Heat-Related Illnesses
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra emphasized that heat is no longer a silent killer and praised communities’ efforts to protect people from the impacts of the climate crisis.
Record-Breaking Temperatures Cause Severe Consequences
Major U.S. cities experienced severe consequences due to extreme heat this summer, prompting calls for more comprehensive federal action.
Federal Response Limited by Current Restrictions
The federal government’s response to heat-related disasters is limited by the Stafford Act, which governs federal assistance during major disasters. Amendment proposals to include heat-related incidents are pending.
Heat-Related Deaths Increase in the United States
Heat is currently the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Addressing a Significant Public Health Concern
The Biden administration’s introduction of the EMS HeatTracker marks a step towards addressing the significant public health concern posed by heat-related illnesses.
Responder to the Challenges of Extreme Heat Events
The launch of the EMS HeatTracker demonstrates the federal government’s efforts to respond to and mitigate the challenges posed by extreme heat events.
Tracking Heat-Related Illnesses on a National Scale
With the EMS HeatTracker in place, the federal government will be able to monitor heat-related illnesses on a national scale and take appropriate action, as necessary.
Prioritizing Public Health in the Face of Extreme Heat
The Biden administration’s introduction of the national system reflects their commitment to protecting communities and public health from the impacts of extreme heat.
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