America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Louisiana faces growing threat levels from extreme heat, drought, wildfire, and coastal flooding between now and 2050. Other than for coastal flooding, the state has not done much to address its future risks. The state needs to take more action to improve its resilience to its climate change-related threats.

Extreme Heat

Louisiana is projected to see one of the nation's largest increases in heat wave days by 2050. In the face of that large heat threat, the state has only taken an average amount of action to prepare for its risks. The state needs to take a lot more action to improve its resilience to future extreme heat.


Louisiana is projected to see its summer drought threat level more than double by 2050. The state has done less than most states to prepare for its risks. Louisiana has taken steps to prepare for current impacts, but almost no action to prepare in any way for its future droughts.


Louisiana's wildfire threat level is projected to nearly double by 2050. While the state has begun to understand its growing wildfire threat by tracking occurrences and trends for wildfires across the state, it needs to develop a climate change adaptation plan and policies to improve resilience.

Inland Flooding

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

Coastal Flooding

Louisiana faces the second greatest threat from sea level rise, both now and in the future, among coastal states. While the state is doing a lot to address its current and future risks from coastal flooding, in the face of such an extraordinary threat, the state could do more.