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If you are interested in assessing your own community’s vulnerability to heat waves, here are some web resources for vulnerability assessment tools and methodologies. They are generally designed to be adaptable to any natural hazard that threatens a community, including heat waves. They are provided here as examples of vulnerability assessment efforts. We purposely make no qualitative statements on their effectiveness or usability. (Please note that links contained within the resources below will take you out of the current website.)

NOAA Coastal Services Center:

Vulnerability Assessment Techniques and Application
Vulnerability Assessment Tool

NOAA Coastal Services Center
2234 South Hobson Avenue
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Tel: 843-740-1200
Email: csc@csc.noaa.gov

United Nations Environment Programme, Awareness and Preparedness for Emergencies on a Local Level (APELL):

Hazard Identification and Evaluation in a Local Community

UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (UNEP/DTIE)
Tour Mirabeau
39-43 quai André Citröen
75739 Paris Cedex 15
France
Tel: 33-1-44-37-14-40
Email: unep.tie@unep.fr

Handbook for Conducting a GIS-based Hazards Assessment at the County Level:

Hazards Research Lab: Data and Products

Susan L. Cutter, Jerry T. Mitchell, and Michael S. Scott
Hazards Research Lab
Department of Geography
University of South Carolina
Email: scutter@sc.edu

Anticipating Hazardous Weather and Community Risk:

Anticipating Hazardous Weather and Community Risk

MetEd Meteorology Education and Training
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
The Cooperative Program For Operational Meteorology Education and Training (COMET)
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307
Tel: 303-497-8470
www.comet.ucar.edu

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