Natural Threats & Hazards

  1. Drought
  2. Extreme Heat
  3. Flooding
  4. Severe Wind/ Dust Storms
  5. Subsidence/ Earth Fissure
  6. Wildfires

Drought is a result of a natural decline in the expected precipitation over an extended period of time, typically one or more seasons in length. A drought’s severity depends on numerous factors, including duration, intensity, and geographic extent as well as regional water supply demands. While the Sonoran Desert’s arid climate has subjected Maricopa County to drought conditions throughout its history, water management efforts have mitigated water shortages for the past century.

More information on Drought

Arizona Emergency Information Network

Arizona Department of Water Resources Drought Program

Water Management

Central Arizona Project (CAP)

Salt River Project (SRP)

Water Conservation

Central Arizona Project (CAP)

Salt River Project (SRP)

Water Use It Wisely

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