Indiana is expected to face more severe storms, flooding, extreme heat, and tick-borne diseases in the future. But a new report said the state hasn’t done enough to prepare.
The report by Trust for America’s Health and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health ranked states based on how vulnerable they are to the effects of climate change and how prepared they are to address them.
The report said states like Indiana need to put more funding toward public health, coordinate with federal and local governments, dedicate staff to preparing and responding to climate impacts specifically, and incorporate equity into their preparedness plans.
But the director of Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute, Janet McCabe, said she has questions about the data used for Indiana’s rankings and that it might not completely capture what’s happening in the state. The institute works with Indiana communities to help them become resilient to the effects of climate change.
“There are some communities that are really focusing on these issues quite a bit and then there are others for whom it's not on their radar screen," McCabe said.