Drought Management Database

Posted on: 7/31/2017 - Updated on: 2/27/2020

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The Drought Management Database collects and provides examples of how different U.S. regions and sectors are responding to and mitigating drought. This online database can be useful for various levels of government looking to engage in drought preparedness and response planning, as well as for sectoral decision makers looking to undertake similar planning efforts, as it provides real-world examples and lessons learned. Users can quickly query drought strategies by sector and sub-sector, including: farming, livestock production, water supply and quality, energy, recreation and tourism, fire, plants and wildlife (environment), and society and public health. A more advanced search function also allows search customization according to sector/subsectors, publication date and type, scope (e.g., regional, county, tribal), geographic location, and activity type (e.g., pre-drought mitigation/adaptation, drought response, planning/policy, technical and financial assistance). Users can also submit their own tried and tested strategies.

Phase of Adaptation: Awareness, Planning, Sharing


Land managers, water utility managers, natural resource managers, local authorities, planners, policymakers, scientists, public


National Drought Mitigation Center

Managing Organizations

The National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) helps people and institutions develop and implement measures to reduce societal vulnerability to drought, stressing preparedness and risk management rather than crisis management.