Impacts from climate-related events such as adverse weather, flooding, heat, and wildfire smoke affect Jefferson County residents in many ways. Planning for current and future health impacts from such events is important work. Jefferson County Public Health began to build capacity for planning and mitigation in 2022, and efforts continue today. This website will continue to be updated as more resources and information become available.
Wildfire smoke has become more and more common in Western Washington in recent years, and Jefferson County Public Health chose this climate-related topic to begin to address first. The Jefferson County Board of Health passed a Wildfire Smoke policy in 2023, to guide public health actions. For more information, see the Wildfire Smoke page.
Heat events have become more frequent and extreme, and are considered to be one of the biggest climate related impacts on health. To learn more about protecting yourself, your family and community from heat related illness or injury see the Heat Safety page.