America's Preparedness Report Card

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Even though Alaska is in the far north, it's still vulnerable to climate threats, particularly increasing heat and coastal flooding. The state is working hard to better understand how climate change could affect its future vulnerabilities to these threats.

Extreme Heat

Alaska's heat threats are different than most other states; the state faces risks from rising high temperatures and also the decrease in freezing temperatures. The state has taken some steps to prepare for its changing heat risks but could still do more.

Drought

Grades were assigned only when threats were identified as priorities for that state. For details, see the methodology.

Wildfires

Grades were assigned only when threats were identified as priorities for that state. For details, see the methodology.

Inland Flooding

Grades were assigned only when threats were identified as priorities for that state. For details, see the methodology.

Coastal Flooding

By 2050, Alaska's 100-year coastal floodplain is projected to expand by more than 15,000 square miles, by far the most land of any state. Coastal flooding could disproportionately affect Native Alaskans, who make up the majority of residents in Alaska’s remote coastal villages along the western and northern coasts where topography is relatively flat.