America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Arkansas has a lot of work to do to prepare for its future climate risks. The state was assessed for threats from extreme heat, drought, wildfire, and inland flooding. Arkansas has taken less action than most states to prepare for its future risks and more preparedness effort is needed to protect its citizens from these potential impacts.

Extreme Heat

Heat wave days in Arkansas are projected to quadruple by 2050. The state is addressing current heat risks, but has done almost nothing to understand or plan for future risks.


Arkansas has taken less action than almost all the other states in preparing for its overall drought risks. By 2050, its summer drought threat is projected to more than double, and more preparation is needed.


Arkansas has taken the least amount of preparedness action of any of the states evaluated for wildfire despite having more than 1.3 million people living in areas at elevated risk of wildfires.

Inland Flooding

Arkansas has taken much less action than most states to prepare for both its current and future inland flooding risks, despite having one of the greatest threat levels.

Coastal Flooding

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