America's Preparedness Report Card

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Massachusetts is one of the leaders in preparing for all three climate threats: extreme heat, inland flooding, and coastal flooding. Not only is the state taking extensive measures to prepare for current risks, but the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act requires that all state agencies prepare for climate change impacts.

Extreme Heat

Massachusetts is one of the nation's leaders in preparing for future extreme heat risks. The state has addressed climate change-related extreme heat risks in its adaptation plan, and it has already begun to implement resilience strategies outlined in the plan.

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

Massachusetts is also a leader in preparing for future inland flooding risks. The state has assessed its vulnerability to climate change-related flooding, developed an adaptation plan that covers inland flooding, and has begun to implement strategies to improve the state's resilience.

Coastal Flooding

Massachusetts has taken some of the strongest action to prepare for future coastal flooding risks, compared to other coastal states. The state has already taken significant steps to understand and plan for sea level rise and it has also implemented regulations that require climate change projections for coastal flooding be included in state programs and activities.