America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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South Dakota Extreme Heat

South Dakota has taken many steps to prepare for its current extreme heat risks, however, the state has done almost nothing to address its future risks.



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


Is South Dakota Taking Action?

  • The state has not conducted a statewide climate change vulnerability assessment nor does it have an adaptation plan in place
  • There was no evidence that South Dakota has taken action to incorporate climate change projections associated with extreme heat into state-level programs, investments, and activities
  • South Dakota’s Hazard Mitigation Plan has a section on “Climate Change Exacerbation” detailing general information on climate change-related extreme heat risks

Did you know...

  • Currently, South Dakota averages 10 days a year classified as dangerous or extremely dangerous according to the NWS Heat Index. By 2050, South Dakota is projected to see 35 such days annually
  • By 2050, the typical number of heat wave days in South Dakota is projected to increase five-fold from 10 to 50 days a year