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Heat action plan

Stand: 25.06.2024

It serves to prevent health consequences and takes into account comprehensive intervention measures for health protection.

Heatwaves are among the extreme weather events that are occurring more frequently as a result of advancing climate change. They are an increasing threat to health. Hot days with air temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius and tropical nights in which the air temperature
air temperature does not fall below 20 degrees Celsius can be a great strain on the human organism. And they can be life-threatening in some cases.

Heat action plans serve to prevent health consequences. They take into account comprehensive intervention measures for health protection. The aim is to reduce heat and UV exposure by means of behavioral and situational prevention measures. The aim is to prevent heat-related illnesses and possible deaths.

The city of Erlangen has drawn up a heat action plan to prevent health consequences. It shows which municipal facilities will introduce which measures at what time.

Certain measures form the core of the heat action plan. They are divided into

  • long-term, mostly structural and/or infrastructural measures
  • Measures that are implemented in preparation for the summer
  • Immediate measures, which are implemented in the event of a heat warning from the German Weather Service.

The "Heat Action Plan" steering group, coordinated by the Office for Sport and Health Promotion, meets twice a year. Once in preparation for the summer and once in the fall to adjust and evaluate the measures if necessary.

You can download the Erlangen Heat Action Plan as an accessible PDF here .

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Heat emergency

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Heat and UV warning from the German Weather Service

The German Weather Service (DWD) warns via its website.

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Cool tips for everyone

How you can protect yourself when it's hot inside and outside buildings. And there are also some things you should bear in mind when taking medication.

Office for Sport and Health Promotion

Head of office: Ulrich Klement


Fahrstraße 18
91054 Erlangen


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