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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Drought Planning Using Community Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment

This project utilizes climate data from the Platte River basin to develop and implement a decision-support model for drought planning using the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process. THIRA is a Federal Emergency Management Agency-mandated risk assessment process to identify threats and develop capability targets to inform planning and preparedness. The Platte River basin serves as an ideal environment for the application of a THIRA to drought planning because of its importance to communities throughout the state, and its historic vulnerabilities to drought.

Principal investigator for this project is PPC Senior Research Director, Denise Bulling. Co-Principal Investigators are PPC Senior Research Manager, Lisa PytlikZillig,  Crystal Stiles of the High Plains Regional Climate Center, and Deborah Bathke of the National Drought Mitigation Center.

For more detailed information on this project, please visit the Drought THIRA website.

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