Is Your State Safe? States At Risk published America’s Preparedness Report Card.

There is a change in the weather, and the world needs to be ready. Prepared by Climate Central and ICF International, the States At Risk website published, “America’s Preparedness Report Card” – a letter-graded report regarding each state’s preparedness on five key threats: drought, extreme heat, wildfires, inland flooding, and coastal flooding. The National Summary can be found by clicking here. Each threat is summarized, and a list is provided on the top ten states that have passed, as well as the bottom ten that have failed.

The viewer can access the Report Card, as well as Browse By Threat (through the main webpage), to either see the “big picture” or focus on a particular threat. Taking all of the grades into account, five states achieved a grade “A” rating: California, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. The five states that are lacking in preparation are: Texas, Missouri, Mississippi, and Arkansas. If you are interested to see where your state stands in regards to preparedness, please click here.

If you have questions regarding the methodology of this study – the webpage can be found here. For those who are interested in the technical-side of the methodology, please click here.

For more information on drought, wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes, or national disaster preparedness, visit the Homeland Security Digital Library (some resources may require login).


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