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Protecting Public Health During Drought Conditions: A Guide for Public Health


The publication provides an overview of basic drought- and water-related in-formation and principles (such as the definition of drought; U.S. drought and water-use trends; the relationship between drought and climate change; water distribution; water treatment and classification; and water-related policy). This document addresses numerous drought-related public health effects, which are organized into sev¬eral broad categories within the document.

This document also contains information regarding drought preparation and response. To ensure usability, the document organizes these activities into two broad categories: those that should be conducted before and in the early stages of drought and those relevant to late-stage, severe drought conditions. This discussion also provides readers with tables and tools designed to provide further guidance on prepared¬ness activities, such as examples of at-risk populations and the health implications relevant for specific groups, potential partners in drought preparedness activities, and communication objectives and actions relevant to specific target audiences.

Primary Toolkit:

Climate Change Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Adaptation, Assessment, Climate, Environmental Health, Evaluation, Food Safety, Health Policy, Health Promotion and Health Education, Mental Health, Mitigation, Natural Disaster, Risk Communication, Vulnerable Populations, Water Quality, Workforce Competency


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5 Stars of 5 - Extremely Useful
By Sandy Van Sant
excellent information to plan for drought-related issues

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