2018 National Planning Conference

Planning for Drought and Cascading Hazards

Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198220

Location: 2003

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  • Identify barriers to drought mitigation planning.
  • Use planning tools to reduce drought risk.
  • Describe drought mitigation in a multi-hazard context.


Planners use a variety of planning tools including, visioning and goal setting, plan making, regulations, standards, policies, and public investments, among others to work toward community values and goals. Both the 2013 Planning Advisory Service Report (PAS), Planning and Drought, and the Planners and Water PAS (2017) indicate that planners have not typically integrated drought in their network of plans or used other planning tools to consider drought and its relationship to water and hazard risk. This session will report on the results of a drought mitigation planning survey sent to the entire APA membership as well as a drought summit where participants addressed barriers to drought mitigation. The session will also include a discussion of drought in a broader, multi-hazard context that also addresses floods and water quality challenges and examines drought in terms of its larger impacts on potential cascading hazards such as wildfire, mudslides, and runoff from future storms.

Session Speakers

Cathleen M. Carlisle
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Arlington, VA

Cody L. Knutson
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Rapid City, SD

Logan Sand
State of Colorado Department of Local Affairs
Denver, CO

Shannon Burke
American Planning Association
Chicago, IL