MANATEE -- The Florida Department of Health in Manatee County has received a $10,000 grant to prepare for climate change's effect on health.
Grant funds will be used by the Department of Health in Manatee, in partnership with Manatee County Emergency Management services, to develop plans to safeguard the public against the health impacts of climate change, according to a release. Those impacts include heat exposure-related illness, increases in mosquito-borne and water-borne diseases resulting from higher temperatures and flooding.
"As temperatures rise, we must have plans in place to protect the health of our residents. For example, during heat waves, we will need to provide safe options for those without air conditioning." says Dr. Jennifer Bencie, Manatee County Department of Health administrator. "We have to sharpen and solidify our emergency preparedness plans for climate change now, so we are prepared for the future."
The $10,000 grant was awarded by the Florida Department of Health.