America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Kentucky faces considerable and significantly growing threat levels from extreme heat, drought, wildfire, and inland flooding between now and 2050. Kentucky earns a failing grade due to its lack of action to prepare for its future risks. The state lacks a climate change adaptation plan and has not incorporated climate change projections into state policies or programs.

Extreme Heat

Kentucky is facing a dramatic rise in heat wave days in the coming decades, from about 15 per year today, to as many as 70 a year by 2050. While the state has taken many steps to address its current risks associated with heat, it has done almost nothing to prepare for how climate change could exacerbate the threat from extreme heat.


While Kentucky faces a below average threat among the states with a significant threat from summer drought, it has also done less than most states to prepare for its risks. Kentucky has taken almost no steps to prepare in any way for its future droughts.


Kentucky's threat level is lower than most other states facing growing wildfire risks. But the state is also doing less to prepare than the majority of states. Kentucky could do more by addressing the effects climate change could have on future wildfires.

Inland Flooding

Kentucky has one of the worst preparedness scores for inland flooding compared to other states. While it is doing a lot to prepare for the inland flooding risks it faces today, the state has ignored the need to address how climate change may exacerbate its future flooding threat.

Coastal Flooding

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