America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Alabama needs to focus more on its future climate risks from extreme heat, drought, wildfire, and coastal flooding. Like most states, it has done a lot to address its current climate risks. However, Alabama has done little to understand how climate change could impact the state or how to reduce impacts from its climate threats.

Extreme Heat

Extreme heat is the greatest climate threat that Alabama faces. While the state has taken strong action to address current risks, it has done almost nothing to address its future risks. More preparedness actions are needed.


By 2050, Alabama's drought threat is projected to double. While the state is taking strong action to prepare for the risks it faces today, it is doing almost nothing to prepare for its future drought risks.


Alabama has nearly 2.8 million people living in areas at elevated risk of wildfires, yet the state has taken almost no action to prepare for future wildfires.

Inland Flooding

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

Coastal Flooding

Alabama has taken less action than any other coastal state to prepare for sea level rise and both its current and future coastal flooding risks.