America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Oregon Extreme Heat

Oregon's poor preparedness grade for extreme heat results from its very low level of action to address its current risks, even though its risks are not severe. Oregon has begun to take action to understand and plan for its future heat risks, but more could be done.



For more information on how prepared Oregon is for its growing extreme heat threat, read the detailed state summary.


Is Oregon taking action?

  • The Oregon Climate and Health Profile, a component of the Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework, includes information on the health risks of extreme heat, and calls for the development of a climate change adaptation plan for promoting public health
  • While the state has appointed the Oregon Health Authority to monitor the weather and issue warnings when a heat wave occurs, Oregon’s Emergency Operations Plan does not include planning for extreme heat
  • Resources on the impacts of extreme heat on human health are abundant, but there are few translated communications and little evidence of outreach to vulnerable populations

Did you know...

  • Currently, Oregon as a whole rarely experiences dangerous heat days; by 2050, the state is projected to see nearly 10 such days a year