The new plan sets guidelines for types of drought considerations and for actions on a county level, while also standardizing the process statewide.
The revised Nevada State Drought Response Plan identifies a system to use in monitoring the magnitude, severity and extent of drought within the state on a county-by-county basis; establishes a framework of actions based on three stages of drought response: Drought Watch (Stage 1), Drought Alert (Stage 2) and Drought Emergency (Stage 3); and establishes a Drought Response Committee to implement the plan, report to the governor and assemble task forces (as needed) to serve as experts in drought-affected regions, as liaisons to local or federal government and as sources of data and information and outlines the significance of drought and types of drought encountered in Nevada.
Under the new response plan, the Drought Response Committee makes a recommendation for official drought declaration to the governor when affected areas enter the Drought Emergency Stage (Stage 3). The governor then can activate the State Emergency Operations Center, overseen by the chief of the Division of Emergency Management.
The revised Nevada State Drought Plan can be found on the University of Nevada, Reno’s Nevada State Climate Office website: www.climate.unr.edu. Nevada State Climate Office is a public service department in the university’s College of Science.