Drought Plan Fact Sheet

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Drought Mitigation Plan


The State of South Dakota has developed a Drought Mitigation Plan under the guidance of the State Drought Task Force.


The plan is the first of its kind in the State to specifically address drought mitigation.  The draft plan is being made available for public review and comment prior to finalizing the document in the Fall of 2015.  The Plan was developed to provide a strategy for the State of South Dakota to reduce the impacts of drought over the short and long term. There are two major components of the plan: the mitigation strategy and vulnerability assessment. 


The drought vulnerability assessment discusses the past and potential impacts to six sectors that include agriculture, health and socioeconomic, tourism, water resources, wildland fire, and wildlife. The mitigation strategy outlines the goals of the Plan and specific action items intended to meet those goals. The mitigation actions are intended to be implemented in the future by various state agencies and can occur during drought and non-drought times. 


A public survey was conducted as part of the planning process with results summarized in Appendix D. The plan can be found at SDDroughtMitigationPlan_PublicReviewDRAFT


To submit feedback on the draft plan, click onto: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SD_DRAFTDroughtPlanComments


Please provide comments by October 9, 2015.  Feedback is solicited on any aspect of the plan, but comments on the mitigation strategy detailed in Chapter 4 and the relative priority of action items would be of most interest.

Emergency Management

Our purpose is to protect South Dakotans and their property from the effects of natural, man made, and technological disasters.  To fulfill our charge, we recognize the four phases of emergency management:


Planning, training and exercising on how to respond to an emergency.

Coordinating activities and resources as the emergency is evolving.


Assisting the local jurisdiction to return to a normal lifestyle.

Ways to reduce or eliminate loss if the same event occurs again.




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