National Drought Resilience Partnership

In November 2013 the Obama Administration announced a new partnership between seven Federal agencies to help communities better prepare for drought, through both drought assistance and preparedness planning. The interagency National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP) was established as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

The NDRP is a partnership made up of Federal departments and agencies that have roles or responsibilities in planning for and/or responding to drought. The purpose of the Partnership is to harness and coordinate distinct efforts by individual agencies already underway to assist in building resilience to drought on the ground. The Partnership is designed as a policy coordinating body, and provides communities support from various Federal programs for drought resilience and assistance. 

The Federal agencies/departments involved in the Partnership are: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); Department of the Interior; Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Assistant Secretary of the Army – Civil Works; Department of Energy; and Federal Emergency Management Agency.   The seven agencies have identified policy points of contact that will meet regularly (anticipated quarterly) to discuss policy matters.  At the same time, the National Drought Implementation Working Group, consisting of agency points of contact, has formed to better organize and integrate monitoring and forecasting, risk assessment and drought planning and management.  

As detailed on the NDRP website, they are engaging with states and partners in identifying the tools and actions they need to enhance community drought planning and water resource management. Examples include supporting specific elements of a state drought strategy such as protecting forest health or improving urban and agricultural water use efficiency in California and other heavily impacted western states, and working to demonstrate how preparedness can be improved with federal support to develop a long-term drought strategy, as they are doing in Montana. 

The National Drought Resilience Partnership follows President Obama's November 2013 Executive Order 13653 "Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change," a key step under his Climate Action Plan. The EO created a Task Force of state, local and tribal leaders to advise the Administration on steps the Federal Government can take to help communities increase preparedness, and committed Federal agencies to examining their programs and policies to make it easier for states and communities to build resilience against storms, droughts and other weather extremes. The Partnership also builds on existing federal efforts and the White House Rural Council's work to help communities, farmers, ranchers and producers stay resilient in the face of disaster.



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Publication Date: November 15, 2013

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