U.S. Drought Portal



A variety of organizations and agencies have produced educational materials on drought. This section identifies some of the best of those materials and divides them into information for K-12 students and teachers and information for general audiences.

Drought for General Audiences

The American Water Works Association website includes WaterWiser. Its goal is to be the premier water conservation, efficiency, and demand management information resource. The "WaterWiser" site is a clearinghouse of links to information about drought and water conservation. Topics range from water conservation to planning information. They also provide case studies on water education and resources for developing and using educational programs. It includes many links specific to drought.

Drought, heatwave and wildfire are among the topics addressed by the Florida Red Cross Disaster Education, Preparedness, Planning and Mitigation Library. Topics are in a color-coded matrix. Some of the materials are prepared by individuals at the Florida Red Cross and are tailored towards Florida. Others have been compiled from extension services in other portions of the country. 
The American Red Cross provides recommendations for preparing for drought around your house and in your community.

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) recruits volunteers across the country who monitor and report precipitation.

Drought for K-12 and Above

"Drought for Kids" from the National Drought Mitigation Center gives an overview of drought - the science, the impacts, and what people can do to prepare for drought. There is also a collection of links to resources for teachers. It's also a good introduction for high school students and adults.

NIDIS, in conjunction with The National Weather Service, the National Climatic Data Center, and the National Drought Mitigation Center, and through COMET, has developed a training module for drought (click here to access). While the training was geared toward NWS Weather Forecast Office staff, it could be of interest to anyone wishing to gain fuller understanding of definitions of drought, measures of drought severity, indicators and monitoring of drought, drought impacts, and drought predictions. NWS staff cannot get credit for this training through the US Drought Portal. It must be taken through the COMET website. All others are encouraged to visit the COMET site for more weather and drought-related educational information.

Project WET's Kids in Discovery series includes one called Discovering Drought. Each 16-page booklet costs $1. The non-profit organization publishes and distributes water education resources to students, educators and communities.

The Science Education Resources Center at Carleton College, in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Technical Education Research Centers, and in affiliation with the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners, has developed an educational unit on drought. Resources for both Students and Teachers are provided.

The Udall Center for Public Policy in Arizona developed detailed lesson plans on drought and climate change in both Spanish and English. The collection of lessons is specific to the Santa Cruz watershed but provides an excellent model.

"Understanding Water Budgets and Balances", by the Boulder Area Sustainability Information Network, helps familiarize high school students and adults with thinking about how much water is available in a given time and place.

The Digital Library of Earth Science Education maintains several collections, including the Digital Water Education Library, which can be searched by terms such as "drought," "climate," or "seasonal." Searches can be refined by grade-level and other criteria. Step-by-step: Go to dlese.org. Click on "collections" (the third blue bar down) and select DWEL when the box of choices opens up. Then click the blue oval search button to the left. Enter a search term such as "drought" and refine the search by other criteria as needed.

The Delaware River Basin Commission offers "Drought for Kids", including sections that describe drought, give conservation tips, and note effects on plants and wildlife. There are also games and links to more good resources.

EduScapes has created an excellent collection of links on drought and drought education.