CONFERENCES & WEBINARS
Introduction to a Heat Vulnerability Index for New Jersey
- Heat vulnerability is the extent to which a community or person is likely to experience negative outcomes from extreme heat, such as increased hospitalization.
- An HVI combines social and environmental factors that disproportionately exacerbate heat-related illness and death to highlight which communities may be more vulnerable to extreme heat.
- An HVI is a valuable tool for communities, policymakers, and local officials to target strategies to protect the communities that are most vulnerable to extreme heat.
- New Jersey’s average summer temperatures have increased by 3.5 °F since 1900, and summers are expected to become hotter and heat waves more frequent and longer.
- More extreme temperatures will likely increase heat-related illnesses, hospital admissions, and mortality, especially among New Jersey’s most vulnerable communities.