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Report from first-ever meeting of state drought coordinators, emergency managers and state climatologists from across the West on July 21-22, 2015, to discuss emerging best practices in forecasting, planning for and responding to drought, and recent lessons learned. Held in Seattle, WA, hosted by NOAA, NIDIS, National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) and the Western Governors’ Association (WGA). Representatives from 16 of the 19 states within WGA attended (AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, KS, MT, NB, NV, NM, OK, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, WY).