National Drought Mitigation Center

Engaging Preparedness Communities

Goal: Facilitate communication among drought communities


  1. Determine the organizational structure, frequency, and methods of a communication network
  2. Facilitate the development of a drought coordinator network
  3. Coordinate the collaboration and development of critical indicators, evaluation criteria, drought exercises, and post-drought assessments

Stakeholders: national, tribal, state, and local drought contacts

NIDIS Engaging Preparedness Communities Co-Chairs

Beth Freeman, FEMA Region VII
Kirsten Lackstrom, Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessment
Deborah Bathke, National Drought Mitigation Center


Walking the tightrope: Navigating extreme drought in a Rocky Mountain Resort Community, webinar, May 15, 2015

"Building Drought Resilience Across Scales and Sectors," session at the National Adaptation Forum in St. Louis, Missouri, May 12-14, 2015

2014 Community Capitals Framework Institute, Nov. 7-9, 2014

Using NASA Tools to Manage Drought webinar, June 4, 2014 | flyer | Separate presentations:

Missouri River Basin Pilot Kickoff, Feb. 26-27, 2014

Planning and Drought webinar, 1 Central, Feb. 12, 2014

Drought Impacts webinar series (Nov 203-Jan 2014):

Using Simulations to Plan and Prepare for Drought, webinar, Feb. 6, 2013, noon CST

Webinar, Dec. 13, 2011 -- Follow-Up to the Building a Sustainable Network of Drought Communities Workshop and Other EPC Initiatives

Building a Sustainable Network of Drought Communities, a workshop June 8-9, 2011, in Chicago

Webinar, March  30, 2011 -- Introduction to the NIDIS EPC Working Group

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