(Climate Action Plan, p. 15.)
The Administration is to launch a cross-agency National Drought Resilience Partnership to help communities prepare for and reduce the impact of future droughts. This effort is to link information (monitoring, forecasts, outlooks, and early warnings) with drought preparedness and longer-term resilience strategies in critical sectors.
Implementation, Progress, and Outcomes
November 15, 2013: The Obama administration announced the creation of the interagency National Drought Resilience Partnership. The goal for the Partnership’s first year is to focus on:
- Creating a web-based portal to ease access to drought-recovery resources at Federal agencies;
- Hosting forums to provide access to experts and locally relevant information;
- Supporting the coordination of a national soil-moisture monitoring network meant to improve forecasting and monitoring of drought conditions; and
- Identifying a single point of contact for the public.
- Collaborating with local, state, and regional governments on a pilot project to create a model local drought-resilience plan in a western area hard-hit by drought.
The Partnership will be led by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Participants will include the Departments of the Interior (DOI) and Energy (DOE); the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works; the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). (News Release, NOAA, Obama administration’s National Drought Resilience Partnership to help communities prepare for drought (Nov. 15, 2013).) Further information about the Partnership and about drought in general is available at drought.gov.
This page was last updated on Nov. 25, 2013.