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National Drought Forum Summary Report and Priority Actions

Drought and U.S. Preparedness in 2013 and Beyond

This NIDIS report was produced in partnership with the following agencies and organizations:

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Midwestern Governors Association (MGA)
  • National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Southern Governors’ Association (SGA)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • U.S. Department of Interior (DOI)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
  • Western Governors’ Association (WGA)

The primary goals for the National Drought Forum were to understand the extent of 2012 drought impacts and response, and help provide new information and guidance for coordination to improve the nation’s preparedness for drought and more specifically, enhance drought readiness for 2013 and beyond.

The Forum convened high-level drought experts and stakeholder from impacted regions from all levels of government and the private sector, including federal, tribal, state, and local governments, and research institutions. The result was a discussion that produced a list of ‘priority action items’ that could improve U.S. drought readiness and resilience.


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