The official start of summer is just over two weeks away, so the timing of this announcement is fitting.
Her name is Marta Segura and she coordinates the city’s response to extreme heat events.
She is currently Director of the Office of Climate Emergency Mobilization.
Her new role will allow her to work with a range of agencies to create a heat action plan.
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This includes everything from an early warning system to long-term strategies to reduce exposure.
Experts say it’s necessary, and predict that by mid-century LA will experience five times more heatwaves in a year than it does today.
FEMA has also identified LA County as the nation’s most vulnerable county to heat waves and a variety of other natural hazards.
While many of us have never heard of the position, LA isn’t the first city to introduce it. Miami and Phoenix also have officers, as do other cities around the world.
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