America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Michigan Extreme Heat

Michigan is projected to see a five-fold increase in heat wave days by 2050, and the state has already taken multiple steps to understand its future heat risks. In particular, its transportation and health sectors have set a strong standard. For example, the state agencies responsible for transportation and public health have both published statewide heat-related vulnerability assessments.



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


Is Michigan taking action?

  • The Michigan Climate and Health Adaptation Program (MICHAP) identifies long-term goals and strategies, and trains public health practitioners to prepare for health impacts associated with climate change-related extreme heat
  • The Department of Transportation participated in Federal Highway Administration's 2013-2014 Climate Resilience Pilot program, and assessed the vulnerability of its transportation assets to extreme heat events statewide
  • Michigan has taken limited action to incorporate climate change projections associated with extreme heat into state-level programs, investments and activities, except in the health sector

Did you know...

  • Currently, Michigan rarely experiences days when heat exceeds dangerous levels; by 2050, it is projected to see nearly 15 danger days a year
  • Michigan is warming faster than the nation as a whole, based on annual average temperatures since 1970