America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Illinois Extreme Heat

By 2050, Illinois is projected to see a ten-fold increase in the average number of dangerous heat days a year, from 5 to nearly 50 days. However, the state has done very little to plan for its future heat risks or implement strategies to improve resilience.



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


Is Illinois taking action?

  • Illinois does not have a detailed, statewide climate change adaptation plan and has not taken any action to develop guidelines or policies to improve resilience against climate change-related extreme heat
  • The state participates in the Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) program, which helps the state to understand the effects of future extreme heat risks only on the public health sector
  • The state has taken strong action to address its current risks through its Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan