America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Nebraska Extreme Heat

Although Nebraska's extreme heat threat is lower than the majority of states, it gets a lower grade than most other states largely because extreme heat is excluded from the state's Hazard Mitigation Plan. It is also among only a handful of states that have taken almost no action at all to prepare for its future heat risks.



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


Is Nebraska Taking Action?

  • Nebraska does not include extreme heat in its Hazard Mitigation Plan, although there are sector-level programs carried out by the Department of Health and Human Services, Nebraska Energy Office, and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
  • Nebraska has taken almost no steps to begin to understand its future vulnerabilities to extreme heat events
  • The state has also not taken any action to develop a climate change adaptation plan that addresses extreme heat or implement strategies to improve Nebraska'a resilience

Did you know...

  • Currently, Nebraska averages 15 days a year with temperatures reaching extreme and dangerous levels. By 2050, the state is projected see 40 such days a year
  • By 2050, the typical number of heat wave days in Nebraska is projected to increase five-fold from 10 to 50 days a year