America's Preparedness Report Card

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Virginia faces increasing threat levels from extreme heat, inland flooding, and coastal flooding between now and 2050. The state has taken extensive action across the board to address its current climate risks. Compared to the other threats it faces, Virginia has done the most to address its future coastal flooding risks including programs to help communities prepare for sea level rise. Virginia has also taken some action to plan for future heat and inland flooding risks.

Extreme Heat

Virginia is one of a few states that have taken extensive action to prepare for their current extreme heat risks. It has begun to understand its future risks and plan for them, but has not taken steps to carry out the adaptation measures.

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

Virginia has taken more action overall than the majority of states for both current and future risks. Virginia has addressed future inland flooding in its 2008 Climate Change Action Plan, although it has done little to carry out the plan's recommendations.

Coastal Flooding

Virginia falls in the middle of the pack for its preparedness actions taken to address its coastal flooding risks. The state is taking many steps to address current risks as well as taking multiple steps to understand its vulnerability to sea level rise and developing plans to address it.