The Dust Bowl (1931-1939) is the name given to parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and

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The Dust Bowl (1931-1939) is the name given to parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado that suffered from extensive farming and natural drought. When homesteaders started farming and raising cattle on this land, these practices left the soil exposed to the danger of erosion by the strong winds that blow across the flat plain (Dust Bowl, n.d.). These winds, combined with a severe drought caused three to four inches of topsoil to blow away. This caused the federal and state governments to develop programs for soil conservation and rehabilitation (Dust Bowl, n.d.). In the past there was not a plan to prepare and recover from a drought. Now the National Incident Management System, or NIMS, provide guidelines to handle all…show more content…
3. Seek Stakeholder Participation and Resolve Conflict- This is important in communication because it gives all citizen groups a chance to voice their opinions, and also have a hand in the drought planning process. It is important that stakeholder’s conflicts are resolved as soon as possible so progress will not be held up later (Wilhite, Hayes, & Knutson, 2005). NIMS #3. Resource Management 4. Inventory Resources and Identify Groups at Risk- It is crucial to take an inventory of natural, biological, and human resources. For obvious reasons water is the most valuable natural resource in this situation; its location, accessibility, and quality. The biological resources refer to the quality and quantity of grasslands or rangelands, forests, wildlife, and so forth. Human resources are the labor needed to develop water resources and haul water, process citizen complaints, provide technical assistance, and direct citizens to available services. It is important to define the exposure of various parts of the region to drought hazard to determine which groups are at risk (Wilhite, Hayes, & Knutson, 2005). NIMS #4. Command and Management 5. Establish and Write Drought Plan- To work out a drought plan, a chain of command is needed to work functionally. The drought plan should have three main components; (1) monitoring, early warning, and prediction; (2) risk and impact assessment; (3) mitigation and response. Each committee will have

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