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Droughts, or preconditions for drought, generally occur when a combination of several severe weather phenomena are prevalent or exist in our ecosystem, such as a significant precipitation deficit, low stream flow, low ground water levels, high evaporative rates caused by prolonged high temperatures, widespread reports of water shortages, and or other factors.

The Climate Prediction Center is responsible for monitoring the current and/or anticipated drought status of communities in Southern Florida. The Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) and Crop Moisture Index (CMI) are used to determine drought status. The use of these indices to determine the relative dryness or wetness effecting water sensitive economies helps to abate any severe impact that a drought may cause in our community.

During times of crisis, the City of Fort Lauderdale's Emergency Response Team via the Public Information Office will notify the citizens of the expected actions that the City will take in cooperation with Broward County and the State of Florida to lessen the impact of any shortages of our water supply. Those instructions may include how an individual or family may better manage the water supply they currently have on hand or where and when an adequate supply of water will be made available.