Drought Early Warning for the Hazard Planning and Preparedness Sector
Many different organizations are responsible for drought preparedness and planning, including water resource agencies, water and energy utilities, farmers, land managers, community planners, city councils, emergency managers, and others. Incorporating drought early warning into existing hazard mitigation plans can better help communities cope with the impacts of drought and related extreme events. NIDIS partners with nongovernmental organizations like the American Planning Association (APA) and the Natural Hazards Center, as well as federal agencies that support drought planning, such as the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, FEMA, and the EPA, to develop planning resources and help further advance drought preparedness across the country.
The resources below are organized by the key components of a drought early warning system: (1) drought observation and monitoring; (2) drought planning and preparedness; (3) prediction and forecasting of drought; (4) communication and outreach to the public and affected sectors; and (5) interdisciplinary and applied research on topics of concern to drought-affected sectors.