Description: In 1998, Congress passed the National Drought Policy Act. The Act stated that this nation would benefit from national drought policy based on preparedness and mitigation to reduce the need for emergency relief. It acknowledged that this country has no consistent, comprehensive policy driving the federal role to help reduce the impacts of drought. The Act also created the National Drought Policy Commission to advise Congress on how best to: Integrate federal drought laws and programs with ongoing state,local, and tribal programs into a comprehensive national policy to mitigate the impacts of and respond to drought. Improve public awareness of the need for drought mitigation. Achieve a coordinated approach to drought mitigation and response by governments and nongovernmental entities, including academic, private, and nonprofit interests. This document constitutes the report of the National Drought Policy Commission. (Commission members were chosen according to provisions in the Act, which required representation of federal and nonfederal government entities and the private sector.) The report presents the basis for national drought policy and calls for commitment and resolve in providing sufficient resources to achieve the policy goals.
Date: May 2000
Creator: United States. Department of Agriculture. Office of Communications.
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