America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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South Carolina Coastal Flooding

South Carolina receives a D grade for its coastal flooding preparedness due to the lack of steps taken to address its future risks. The state has taken almost no action in planning for and adapting to its future coastal flooding risks.



For more information on how prepared South Carolina is for its growing coastal flooding threat, read the detailed state summary.


Is South Carolina Taking Action?

  • There is no evidence of action to incorporate future projections of coastal flooding into state-level programs, investments, and activities
  • South Carolina has taken strong action to address its current coastal flooding risks via its State Hazard Mitigation Plan and Emergency Operations Plan
  • While the state is tracking coastal flooding events, it has not conducted a detailed climate change vulnerability assessment, or adopted a statewide adaptation plan

Did you know...

  • Currently, South Carolina has nearly 230,000 people at risk of a 100-year coastal flood
  • South Carolina currently has approximately 900 square miles in the 100-year coastal floodplain; by 2050, this is projected to increase to nearly 1,400 square miles