public health adaptation strategies
  to extreme weather events

  • Heat waves
    Heat waves
  • Floods
  • Wildfires
  • Cold spells
    Cold spells
  • Synergies with air pollution
    Synergies with air pollution
  • Susceptible subgroups
    Susceptible subgroups

WP 5 - Adaptation tools to prevent the health effects of flooding

Work package 5 is coordinated by the extreme events and health protection team of the Public Health England (until 1st April 2013 known as Health Protection Agency) in the United Kingdom.

The aim of this work package is to develop actions to promote resilience and reduce health risks associated to flooding, based on the work carried out by WHO Regional Office for Europe and other international networks. Therefore, the work includes identification of knowledge gaps and data collection on flooding in participating countries; evaluation of the health impacts of flooding events, and identification of populations at risk.

Specific tasks are:

  • To define health indicators, criteria and procedures to monitor the health effects of floods;
  • To develop and define a group of experts on the health effects of flooding (to provide advice on protecting communities' health);
  • To set up specific guidelines on preparedness for and response to the impacts of floods; and
  • To evaluate the effectiveness and performance of existing emergency planning and guidance based on case studies.


Tools and guidance for creating resilience to the health impacts of flooding, including evidence on the health risks/benefits of flood structures




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