RFG 2018 Conference


Drought Basics

Extreme drought is part of natural climatic cycles around the world. Historic records and prehistoric reconstructions extending back 1000 years document that extreme droughts have occurred repeatedly in North America, sometimes for longer periods than even the most severe droughts of the 20th century.[1] Research on climate variability is addressing how drought may impact the United States in the future. 


Drought is a natural hazard that can have far-reaching economic, social, and ecological impacts. Since 1980 alone the United States has experienced more than 15 major droughts, with economic impacts exceeding $153 billion. Due to drought’s diffuse impacts, the federal responsibility for drought management and response is currently spread among several agencies.

Hawaii Drought Plan

The Hawaii Drought Plan (HDP) has been updated for use by the Hawaii Drought Council to improve coordination and implementation of drought management strategies for the State of Hawaii. The revised plan is intended to serve as a framework through which State and local entities can work together to proactively implement mitigation measures and appropriate response actions during periods of drought. Effective coordination of these activities can help reduce and minimize the effects upon the people and natural resources of Hawaii.


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