CISA: Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments, A NOAA RISA Team

Support for South Carolina’s Drought Response Program

Disappearing irrigation ponds during the 2002 drought
Disappearing irrigation pond during the 2002 drought.
Courtesy of The State

CISA and the South Carolina State Climatology Office (SC SCO) initiated this project in 2017 with the overarching goal of enhancing the State’s Drought Response Program and improving drought preparedness and response.

Ongoing Activities

  • Developing new resources to meet demands from lawmakers, media, and general audiences for drought information. Expected products include a series of “Frequently Asked Questions” documents about how drought affects South Carolina. New informational resources can be used to support South Carolina’s drought planning and communications processes.
  • Updating information in existing drought planning and management documents. CISA developed updated and expanded material for the drought section of the SC Hazard Mitigation Plan, including maps and graphics adapted from the Carolinas Precipitation Patterns & Probabilities Atlas.
  • Organizing and conducting a South Carolina Drought Tabletop Exercise in September 2017. The objectives were to: identify and understand the strengths and weaknesses in the SC Drought Response Act, SC Emergency Response Plan Drought Annex, and local drought plans and procedures; improve awareness of local, state, and federal players in South Carolina's drought response; and identify key mission areas for each State Emergency Support Function.
  • Collecting impacts information to document the effects of drought on South Carolina over the last two decades (1997–2017).
  • Assessing approaches to drought response in the Southeast to learn about neighboring states’ drought management strategies and tools.

Resources and Related Information

Informational Materials for the 2019 South Carolina Drought Tabletop Exercise


Informational Materials for the 2017 South Carolina Drought Tabletop Exercise