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This document discusses how the population’s awareness and knowledge of national heat plans and extreme heat can improve community behaviour and adaptation. A general population survey was conducted in Lisbon and in Madrid to assess this knowledge. Results were compared between Lisbon and Madrid and between locals and foreigners.
Foreigners had less knowledge of risk compared to locals. Heat plans were not widely known in Madrid and Lisbon.
Nonetheless, knowledge of practical concepts to face extreme heat, such as certain risk groups and protective measures, was found. The results highlight the importance of addressing these groups when communicating public health messages about heat. Foreigners should be specifically targeted to increase their awareness.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 122; doi:10.3390/ijerph14020122. Shared under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC‐BY) license.