What is Beat the Heat?
“Beat the Heat” was a two-year program launched by Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute and grant-funded by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The program's central goal was to assist communities in creating tangible, long-term, and sustainable projects that help residents in dealing with an increase in hot days and the negative health impacts that accompany hotter weather.
Heat Management Plan
Throughout the Spring and Summer of 2022, the City of Richmond drafted its first Heat Management Plan. This plan includes 23 strategies that aim to lower air temperature in Richmond and help better prepare the community for high summer temperatures. The plan outlines strategies for implementation during the duration of the Beat the Heat program (until Spring 2023) and beyond. Click here to review the plan.
Summer 2022 Resources
One of the most effective measures to prevent heat-related illness is by accessing air-conditioned spaces. If you don't have air-conditioning at home or if your air-conditioning goes out during a heat wave, consider visiting one of Richmond's cooling centers! Cooling centers are public facilities that allow individuals to come in and cool off during periods of high heat. Cooling centers are vital to keeping Richmond cool.
Click here to find a map of Richmond’s Summer 2022 Cooling Centers.
While the burden of extreme heat can be felt by everyone, some individuals are more vulnerable than others due to preexisting conditions, age, or resource access. By checking in on individuals in your community during periods of high heat, you can help prevent heat-related illness and potential death.
People who are most vulnerable to heat include young children, pregnant people, older adults, people with long-term disabilities or illness, low-income communities, communities of color, outdoor workers, and people experiencing homelessness. Some people might belong to more than one of these groups. If they live alone or are isolated from others, then they could be at even greater risk during a heat wave.
Heat Preparedness Workshop
The Heat Preparedness Workshop occurred on Thursday, August 11th.
In the Summer of 2022, Beat the Heat is collaborated with the Wayne County Health Department to host a community workshop about heat preparedness. At this workshop, individuals learned about the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness, how to treat heat-related illness, general tips for staying safe in the summer, and education about local resources.
NIXLE Inclement Weather Alerts
One of the most important ways to protect yourself from extreme heat is to know when it’s coming. To be notified before a heat wave or extreme heat event occurs, sign up for Wayne County Emergency Management’s NIXLE alerts. Click here to sign up or text 47374 to 888777