Published: 07 March 2022Last modification: 14 March 21995
In order to better protect vulnerable residents in particular against heat-related health risks, the municipality of The Hague has drawn up a local heat plan. The Hague Heat Plan is the local translation of the national heat plan and includes concrete agreements with civil society organizations in The Hague about who does what. Because it is precisely through cooperation and agreements that many victims can be prevented. The plan also consists of very specific means of communication that warn vulnerable residents of The Hague and provide a perspective for action.
High temperatures pose serious health risks. These are larger in urban areas such as The Hague and are increasing due to an aging population and climate change. During the heat wave in 2020 died an estimate of the Central Bureau of Statistics 650 people through heat and in 1000 even 1000.
“Many health problems during a heat wave can be prevented with good preparation,” says Alderman Kavita Parbhudayal of Care, Youth and Public Health.” That is why we are already drawing attention to it. It’s about being able to take action quickly and reach your target audience with a clear message. But above all, that you work closely with the organizations that are in direct contact with the people who run an increased risk”.Main pillarsWith the local heat plan, the municipality mainly focuses on independently living 75 seniors and homeless people The main pillars of the plan are:
knowing which organizations can quickly and effectively come into contact with the risk target group; a detailed scenario approved by all parties, with it is clear who does what when; a target group-specific communication campaign, the means of which are already available, such as a letter to all 75 over and above, by name and home address, and special one water bottles with information labels that can be distributed by home care workers and to homeless people on the street.Part of the Hague Heat Plan are also special cool areas. These are locations in the neighborhood where people can cool off and shelter from the heat. This can be a company with an air-conditioned canteen, a library, but possibly also churches or mosques. Agreements have been made about this with a number of locations.
Klimaatverbond As far as we know, The Hague is the first large city with a local heat plan. The Climate Alliance (association of local authorities that work together on an impactful local climate policy) is positive and likes to set The Hague as an example for other cities in the country.
Madeleen Helmer says On behalf of the Dutch Climate Association: “Heat is one of the most dangerous consequences of climate change. Much suffering can be prevented through the efforts of the municipality, social organisations, informal carers and neighbors. The local heat plan of The Hague is a wonderful working agreement for this.”Together with Arcadis (consultancy firm specialized in a sustainable living environment), the Association of Dutch Municipalities VNG and Het Klimaatverbond, The Hague will transfer its knowledge to other municipalities in the coming months.
The Hague Heat Plan and the accompanying committee letter can be found here.
Material from the campaign of the Hague Heat Plan; illustration: Municipality of The Hague62728 62728