America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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North Dakota Extreme Heat

North Dakota is one of a handful of states that have taken extensive action to prepare for their current extreme heat risks, despite North Dakota having a below average threat level. The state has begun to understand its vulnerabilities to climate change-related extreme heat, but has taken almost no action to plan for its future threats or implement adaptation measures.



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


Is North Dakota Taking Action?

  • The state includes extreme heat in its Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, and the Department of Health’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Section works to improve the preparedness of the state’s public health system for extreme heat events
  • Planning for Climate Change in North Dakota outlines projected temperature trends for mid- and end-of-century timescales throughout the state, but North Dakota has not completed a detailed, statewide vulnerability assessment
  • The state has also not developed a comprehensive climate change adaptation plan and has not taken steps to implement strategies that would help improve the state's resilience to future extreme heat risks

Did you know...

  • Currently, North Dakota averages fewer than 5 days a year classified as dangerous or extremely dangerous, according to the NWS Heat Index. By 2050, the state is projected to see this number quadruple to 20 such days a year
  • By 2050, the typical number of heat wave days in North Dakota is projected to increase five-fold from 10 to almost 50 days a year