America's Preparedness Report Card

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Iowa faces moderate threats from extreme heat, drought, and inland flooding, compared to other states. It is already educating its citizens and taking action to address current risks and assess future changes. However, the state has taken almost no action to plan and prepare for these future changes.

Extreme Heat

Heat wave days are expected to jump from 10 a year to more than 60 a year but heat-related actions in Iowa are focused only on the risk today.

Drought

Iowa's summer drought threat is projected to increase 70 percent by 2050 but the state has taken very little action to address its climate-related drought risks.

Wildfires

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

Inland Flooding

150,000 people are living in Iowa's flood-prone areas. The state is working to understand its flood vulnerabilities but still needs to make plans to protect against future risk.

Coastal Flooding

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