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Drought with a dead grass, trees bare of leaves and fallen over.

Droughts occur when there has not been enough rainfall and the water levels get low. They can happen anywhere in the United States, and droughts increase the risk of other hazards, like wildfires, flash floods, and possible landslides or debris flows.


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  • Don't pour water down the drain! There may be another use for it, like watering indoor plants. 
  • If you want to play in the sprinkler, water the lawn, but not the driveway or sidewalk.


  • Listen to the rules from authorities. They want to make sure there's enough water for the things we really need.
  • Take short showers, not baths. Showers use less water.
  • Don't let the water run when you brush your teeth.
  • Take a break from your outdoor water toys. When the drought ends, you can play with them again.




Am I at Risk?

Droughts can happen anywhere in the United States.

Words to Know!


Saving and protecting a natural resource, like water

Natural Resource

Something we need that comes from nature like water, trees, and air

Limited Resources

A natural resource (like water) that is limited in supply and cannot be replaced if it is used up


A natural or manmade lake that collects and stores water