America's Preparedness Report Card

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Delaware is one of the leaders in preparing for the climate threats assessed, which include extreme heat, inland flooding, and coastal flooding. Although it does not face very high threat levels, it is one of the only states that have taken extensive action to plan for future risks from all their climate threats.

Extreme Heat

Delaware currently has an average of 10 dangerous heat days a year; by 2050, it is projected to see this increase five-fold to 50 such days a year.

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

Delaware is one of the leaders in preparing for inland flooding risks. Not only has it developed a climate change adaptation plan, but it is already implementing strategies to improve resilience.

Coastal Flooding

Delaware currently has more than 20,000 people at risk of coastal flooding and the state is a leader in preparing for coastal flooding. It is one of a few states to have taken strong action to address both its current and future risks.