America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Georgia has taken extensive action to prepare for all five current climate risks: extreme heat, drought, wildfire, inland flooding, and coastal flooding. However, it lags behind most states in understanding its future changes in climate risks, as well as preparing for them and implementing adaptation strategies.

Extreme Heat

Georgia is one of the states most vulnerable to extreme heat due to the combination of having a lot of people vulnerable to extreme heat and a large number of heat wave days a year.


Georgia faces a moderate summer drought risk and it is one of only a handful of states that have taken an extensive amount of action to address their current drought risks. However, preparation for future risks is severely lacking.


Georgia has more than 4.6 million people at risk of wildfires. While the state has taken extensive action to address its current risks, it has done very little to understand future risks, plan for them, or implement adaptation strategies to improve the state's resilience.

Inland Flooding

Georgia has more than 570,000 people living in areas prone to inland flooding. The state has done more than most states to address its current inland flooding risks but it has taken almost no steps to prepare for future risks.

Coastal Flooding

More than 100,000 people live within Georgia's 100-year coastal floodplain. It has taken many steps to address its current risks, but lags behind most states in addressing its future coastal flooding risks