A drought is a shortage of rainfall. Droughts aren't usually thought of in the same way as other natural disasters, such as floods or hurricanes. No one knows for sure how severe a drought will be — until the rains return. But droughts can be more costly than other natural disasters.
In general, adopt or change to practices, techniques and equipment that use less water or work well regardless of drought conditions, before you need them. Not only will this make drought conditions easier to bear, it will reduce demand on existing supplies in general. Always observe state and local restrictions on water use during a drought. If restricted, for example, do not water your lawn, wash your car or other non-essential uses, to help ensure there is enough water for general, essential uses. (Source: EPA, WordNet / Photo: Flickr)