A study of heat related illness preparedness in homeless veterans

Heat-related illnesses are the leading cause of mortality among weather-related natural disasters in the United States. With the growing concern over global climate change and urbanization-related regional climate change, outcomes of heat-related illnesses can become worse without preparation. People who are homeless have increased vulnerabilities that predispose them to poor outcomes from heat-related illnesses. Other than lack of shelter, these vulnerabilities can include poor access to healthcare and vital resources, compromised mental health, as well as lack of knowledge about heat-related illnesses. While homeless veterans have access to services through the Department of Veterans Affairs, access can be hindered by unreliable transportation, trust, and the acute need of care.

Publication Date: 
2016
Pages: 
72-74
Volume: 
18
Journal Name: 
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
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