Extreme heat

It is very important for everyone to know what the effects of extreme heat are, who is at risk and what to do to prepare for and cope during times of extreme heat.

See our Extreme Heat Guide (PDF 397KB) and the Staying healthy in the heat page for more information.

SA Health Extreme Heat Strategy

The purpose of the SA Health Extreme Heat Strategy (PDF 147KB) is to reduce the risk of harmful effects of extreme heat on the health of the community by:

  • ensuring a planned, managed, and effective response to an extreme heat event
  • providing a coordinated SA Health communication plan; and
  • promoting community resilience and adaptation to extreme heat conditions.

As part of the Strategy, health actions have been developed for implementation at each stage of ‘Extreme Heat’ Alerts. These alerts are issued by the SA State Emergency Service (SASES) in conjunction with the Adelaide Bureau of Metrology (BOM) Kent Town.

Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating

The SA Health Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating Day Policy Guidelines (PDF 192KB) have been developed in line with the Whole of Government Operating Principles on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating and provide guidance to Health Services and Local Health Networks in developing operational procedures to ensure that critical services can be provided and staff delivering these services can do so safely.

The Fire Danger Rating (which is a National rating scale) forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology shortly after 4pm each day for the next day is an early indicator of the potential danger should a bush fire start.

SA Health Catastrophic Fire Danger Day Action Plan (EMU version) (PDF 67KB)

Further information

For further information, please contact the Emergency Management Unit:


Telephone: (08) 8226 7115

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