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Drought-Ready Communities: A Guide to Community Drought Preparedness

Drought-Ready Communities: A Guide to Community Drought Preparedness

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Drought-Ready Communities: A Guide to Community Drought Preparedness
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Published by: Cottonwood Creek Watershed on Jul 15, 2012
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Drought-Ready Communities
A Guide to Community Drought Preparedness
A project of the National Drought Mitigation Center, the OklahomaClimatological Survey, the Illinois State Water Survey, and the LowerPlatte River Corridor Alliance. Last updated July 14, 2010
 
 
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Table of Contents
Introduction to Drought-Ready Communities ....................................................................................... 4Section 1. Getting Started: Invite the Community to Participate, Commit to the Process ...................... 7
1.1 Establish a leadership team that includes individuals with responsibility for monitoring,communication, and implementation ..................................................................................................... 71.2 Identify stakeholders or groups in the community that may need additional resources toparticipate in the Drought-Ready Communities process ......................................................................... 81.3 Include government agencies and regulators .................................................................................... 91.4 Develop a contact list ......................................................................................................................... 91.5 Gather community perceptions of drought ..................................................................................... 10
Section 2. Information Gathering: Understand Water Sources and Uses, Develop a Drought History . 11
2.1 Identify water sources and uses ....................................................................................................... 112.2 Learn how drought has affected the community in the past .......................................................... 122.3 Gather data on water and climate ................................................................................................... 132.4 List factors that affect the severity of drought impacts ................................................................... 15
Section 3. Establish Monitoring: How You Will Recognize and Communicate About Drought ............ 17
 3.1 Identify drought indicators that will be used by the community ................................................... 173.2 Identify drought impact indicators for your community ................................................................. 183.3 Develop a drought monitoring communication plan ....................................................................... 19
Section 4. Plan a Public Awareness and Education Campaign ............................................................. 22Section 5. Taking Action: Planning Responses to Reduce Impacts ....................................................... 24 
5.1 Determine and prioritize possible strategies to take before and in response to drought .............. 245.2 Link response actions to drought indicators .................................................................................... 25
Wrapping Up
 
and Conclusion ............................................................................................................. 27
 
Appendix A. Worksheets .................................................................................................................... 28
 Worksheet 1: Benefits of Drought Planning ........................................................................................... 29

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