America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Texas is falling well behind other states in preparing for its climate threats. The Lone Star State faces the highest overall threat levels from extreme heat, drought, and wildfires among the lower 48 states and has not undertaken a level of preparedness commensurate with this level of threat. While Texas has generally prepared well for its current threats (with the notable and significant exception of extreme heat), the state has taken almost no action to prepare for projected climate change-driven risks.

Extreme Heat

Texas faces the worst extreme heat threat in the nation and yet the state is failing when it comes to addressing its heat risks. It is doing less than most states to cope with today's heat risks and has done almost nothing to prepare for its growing heat threat.


Texas faces the worst widespread summer drought threat in the nation. Unlike most other states with drought threats, Texas has taken very few steps to plan or prepare for its future drought risks.


By 2050, Texas is projected to top the nation with the worst overall wildfire threat. The state is doing a lot to address its current wildfires risks but relative to its increasing threat, Texas is doing little to prepare for future wildfires.

Inland Flooding

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

Coastal Flooding

Compared to other coastal states, Texas faces an average coastal flooding threat. Even though the state has several programs in place that address its current flooding risks, it has not parlayed that into plans that address its projected larger future risks.