America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Arkansas 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.



For more information on how prepared Arkansas is for its growing extreme heat threat, read the detailed state report.


Is Arkansas taking action?

  • Arkansas has not developed a climate change adaptation plan nor incorporated future climate projections into state-level programs, investments, or activities
  • The Arkansas Governor's Commission on Global Warming released a report in 2008 that recognized potential increases in temperature, but the state has not evaluated its vulnerability to future extreme heat events
  • Arkansas has a statewide mitigation plan that addresses current heat risks and provides public health educational materials to its residents, in particular those older than 65, to help prevent heat-related illness

Did you know...

  • Arkansas currently averages about 30 dangerous heat days a year; by 2050, the state is projected to see nearly 90 such days a year