A drought is a period of unusually persistant dry weather that persists long enough to cause serious problems such as crop damage and/or water supply shortages. The severity of the drought depends upon the degree of moisture deficiency, the duration, and the size of the affected area.

Droughts are unique among natural disasters. We don't know we're in a drought until weeks after it begins, making preparation difficult. Once a drought is underway, water conservation is the only way we can lessen its effect.

If a severe drought occurs in your area, your local government may implement rules regarding water usage.

Water Conservation Tips



eached for at least three hours, with little cooling expected overnight. A Heat Warning is issued if the heat index will reach 105° for three days or more, or if the heat index will reach 115° on a single day.

Heat Safety Tips