America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Tennessee faces significantly increasing threat levels from extreme heat, drought, wildfire, and inland flooding between now and 2050. The state has taken strong action to address its current climate risks and has begun to evaluate its vulnerability to its future climate risks. However, more could be done to address its future climate risks.

Extreme Heat

Tennessee faces an above average overall threat from extreme heat and the state has begun to take steps towards understanding how climate change could affect its future heat risks. However, more needs to be done to prepare for future heat events.


Tennessee ranks in the middle of the pack for its efforts to address its overall drought threat. It has taken very few steps to address future risks except to publish limited information on how climate change may affect drought.


Tennessee faces an overall below average threat from wildfire. It has also taken limited action to assess its future risks, but state agencies have otherwise taken no action to address future risks.

Inland Flooding

Tennessee earns a D grade for its inland flooding preparedness because it has a high threat and low preparedness. It has only conducted a vulnerability assessment in the transportation sector and has not taken any action to plan for future risks.

Coastal Flooding

Grades were assigned only when threats were identified as priorities for that state. For details, see the methodology.