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This Midwest DEWS Strategic Plan builds upon existing stakeholder networks and activities to improve drought early warning capacity and long-term resilience in the Midwest. The Plan outlines priority tasks and activities for the implementation of the Midwest DEWS, including a list of partners, outcomes, and key milestone dates. The Plan is a “living document” to which additional actions and partners may be added as needed. While the Plan development is an interagency effort, NIDIS oversaw the development of the Plan and is working with regional stakeholders to manage the content.
The development of the Plan relied upon the knowledge, experience, and contributions of many dedicated individuals, organizations, and partnerships. Stakeholders from across the region, including federal, tribal, state, local, academic, and non-profit organizations and entities assisted NIDIS in developing the Plan. Information and feedback gathered from the Midwest DEWS Planning Workshops in 2015, Midwest DEWS Kickoff Meeting in February 2016, and the Regional Assessment Workshops in fall 2016 informed the development of this Plan. Key stakeholders had the opportunity to conduct a review of the 2018-2019 Plan in March 2018.