Emergency sign outside a Western Sydney hospital

 

A resilience approach involves not only reducing urban heat, but also helping people adapt, and being prepared to respond in extreme events.

 

Heat Smart Western Sydney looks at what processes and structures are needed for the city to respond to extreme and emergency events with a focus on how we can support our most vulnerable. 

 

By assessing our current approach to heatwave management, Heat Smart seeks to co-design a Heatwave Preparedness and Response Framework that outlines an improved approach to heatwave management. To ensure vulnerable communities and frontline staff have the knowledge and tools needed to successfully manage heat risks, a range of resources will be developed and piloted across 21 workshops.

 

Strategy actions: 11. Preventative heat response framework, 12. Urban heat community engagement strategy

 

Project timeframe: 2020 - 2021

 

Project partners: WSROC (lead), Western Sydney Local Health District, Blacktown, Cumberland, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith City Councils.

 

Contact: Kelly Gee, Policy and Projects Officer, 02 9671 4333

 

 

Heat Smart is funded under the State Government Natural Disaster Resilience Program.