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.

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International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction