America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Missouri Drought

Missouri has prepared well for its current drought risks and has even acknowledged that climate change could cause an increase in the severity of drought in the future. However, the state's actions stop there. It has taken no steps to plan for its future risks or implement policies to improve resilience.



For more information on how prepared Missouri is for its growing drought threat, read the detailed state summary.


Is Missouri Taking Action?

  • The Missouri Water Resource Center provides some information on drought impacts, and the Enhanced State Hazard Mitigation Plan acknowledges the role of climate change, noting that drought occurrences have been increasing
  • Beyond acknowledging potential impacts of climate change, Missouri has not made any effort to understand its vulnerability to future droughts and their impacts
  • Missouri has taken no action towards creating a statewide climate change adaption plan or to implement adaption measures