America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Ohio Extreme Heat

Ohio is home to hundreds of thousands of people vulnerable to extreme heat, and the threat of heat is expected to increase by 2050. Yet, unlike most other states, Ohio's current hazard mitigation plans exclude heat-related risks.



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


Is Ohio taking action?

  • Ohio taken almost no action, and less than most other states, to understand its future heat risks
  • The state taken no action to plan for, or implement, adaptation strategies for growing extreme heat risks from climate change
  • Current heat risks are not addressed in Ohio's State Hazard Mitigation Plan

Did you know...

  • Today Ohio averages about 5 dangerous heat days per year (defined by the National Weather Service); by 2050, the state is projected to see 30 dangerous heat days a year 
  • Columbus already has one of the country's most intense summer heat islands, where urban temperatures can be more than 20°F hotter than nearby rural temperatures