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Climate and Health Resources

Find fact sheets about our program, tools for health professionals, and communication resources on this page from the Climate and Health Program.

If you have a question or didn't find what you're looking for, email us at or give us a call at 608-267-3242.

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  • Extreme Weather Toolkits for Health Professionals
    We created toolkits to help local governments, local health departments, and citizens in Wisconsin preparing for and responding to different weather-related emergencies. We also created one-page fact sheets to accompany each toolkit, which are intended for a general audience. These toolkits and fact sheets include background information, practical response strategies, and communication tools (such as media releases, talking points, definitions, and useful reference materials).
  • Wisconsin Heat Vulnerability Index
    We conducted a geospatial analysis of heat-related morbidity and mortality of Wisconsin and the Greater Milwaukee urban area, with assistance from the DHS Bureau of Information Technology Services staff. This analysis resulted in a heat vulnerability index (HVI) based on existing population and census data, GIS environmental data layers, climate and weather data, and disease rates to identify areas of greatest risk for negative health impacts due to extreme heat. Identified high-risk neighborhoods and populations will receive targeted messaging related to heat events and additional resources during extreme heat events. Complete Report, P-00882 (PDF)
  • Milwaukee Heat Vulnerability Index, P-00882a (PDF)
    Looks specifically at Milwaukee County's heat vulnerability using the same indicators as the Wisconsin Heat Vulnerability Index.

Informational materials

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has produced a series of "Ready Wrigley" educational materials for children to learn about being prepared for natural disasters in their community and home, including coloring books and checklists.


Last revised June 12, 2024