America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Pennsylvania Inland Flooding

Pennsylvania has taken more action to understand its vulnerabilities to climate change-related inland flooding risks, and to plan for those changes, than most states. To improve its preparedness, the state should increase its efforts to put those plans into action.



For more information on how prepared Pennsylvania is for its growing inland flooding threat, read the detailed state summary.


Is Pennsylvania Taking Action?

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Health keeps state-level statistics on the counts of deaths from inland flooding
  • The Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment includes extensive information on modeling of future precipitation and projected impacts on different sectors throughout the state
  • The Pennsylvania Climate Adaptation Planning Report contains a discussion of adaptation measures for infrastructure and public health sectors to address current and future risks, including heavy downpours and inland flooding

Did you know...

  • More than 430,000 people in Pennsylvania are living in flood-prone areas (defined as FEMA’s 100-year floodplain). This ranks in the top five states among the 32 assessed for inland flooding threat
  • By 2050, Pennsylvania’s inland flooding threat is projected to increase by 40 percent (assuming the size of the vulnerable population stays the same)