America's Preparedness Report Card

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Kansas has done a lot to prepare for the climate threats it faces: extreme heat, drought, wildfire, and inland flooding. Despite strong action to prepare for impacts it could face today, Kansas has taken almost no action to address the future changes in risks associated with climate change. The state could improve its grade by conducting a statewide vulnerability assessment and developing a climate change adaptation plan.

Extreme Heat

Kansas faces an average threat from extreme heat and has thus far done just an average job preparing for its risks. More preparation is needed in the face of projections showing the average number of heat wave days in Kansas could rise from 10 to 50 days a year by 2050.

Drought

Kansas faces one of the top five greatest drought threats in the present and is already taking numerous steps to address the associated risks. Kansas' drought threat is projected to increase less than other states', leading to an average threat level by 2050. Even in relation to this modest increase in threat level, Kansas has done very little to prepare for the projected increase in summer drought due to climate change.

Wildfires

Kansas' threat from wildfires is projected to nearly quadruple by 2050. Despite this large increase, the state has taken almost no action to prepare for its future wildfire risks.

Inland Flooding

Kansas earns its worst grade for inland flooding and falls in the bottom five states for its level of preparedness. While it has done a lot to prepare for its current inland flooding risks, the state has taken almost no steps to address future changes in these risks.

Coastal Flooding

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