America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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New Mexico Extreme Heat

New Mexico has taken an above average level of action to prepare for its overall extreme heat risks. The state is one of a handful that have taken extensive action to address their current risks. New Mexico published a report in 2005 containing strategies to address climate change through greenhouse gas mitigation measures, but it has taken almost no action to plan for future heat risks or implement adaptation strategies.



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


Is New Mexico Taking Action?

  • New Mexico is participating in the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program and tracks extreme heat impacts on public health, and provides educational materials on identifying and treating heat-related injuries
  • The state has taken extensive action to address its current heat risks through its hazard mitigation planning process and sector-specific programs
  • However, New Mexico could improve its preparedness by developing a statewide climate change adaptation plan and implementing strategies to improve resilience to future extreme heat risks

Did you know...

  • Currently, New Mexico averages 20 days a year classified as dangerous or extremely dangerous, according to the NWS Heat Index. By 2050, the state is projected to face twice as many such days, almost 40 a year
  • By 2050, the typical number of heat wave days in New Mexico is projected to increase from slightly less than 15 to more than 50 days a year