Drought in South Carolina

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Drought Conditions >>> Find out more about current drought conditions, how drought status is determined in South Carolina, and view archived drought condition reports.

Upcoming Events

Drought Committee Conference Call

Friday, July 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will conduct this meeting to evaluate the drought status statewide.

Conference Call Instructions

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
+1 (646) 749-3112
Participant Access Code: 489-613-685

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If you have questions, contact South Carolina's State Climatologist, Dr. Hope Mizzell, at (803) 530-5793 or e-mail mizzellh@dnr.sc.gov.

2019 South Carolina Drought Tabletop Exercise

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM.

Participants will be introduced to intensifying drought scenarios to learn about their roles and responsibilities in drought response and planning, and to ensure that they have the support they need to fulfill the tasks.

Following on the success of the 2017 Drought Tabletop Exercise, the SC State Climatology Office in collaboration with the Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments (CISA) team, the SC Water Resources Center, and the SC Emergency Management Division will host a second Drought Tabletop Exercise on Wednesday, July 24th, at the Emergency Operations Center.

  1. Exercise the South Carolina drought monitoring and response process.
  2. Identify gaps in existing processes and prioritize follow-up actions.
  3. Increase awareness of participants’ roles and responsibilities for drought response and planning within their agencies and organizations.
Who should participate?

Members of the Drought Response Committee, emergency managers, water managers, and others with responsibility for drought monitoring and response.


The event is free, but registration is required.
Register here: 2019-sc-drought-ttx.eventbrite.com
Lunch is provided.


SC Emergency Operations Center
2779 Fish Hatchery Road
West Columbia, SC 29712

Background Materials

Information about South Carolina’s drought response and planning resources is available on the Planning page.

Learn More about the 2017 SC Drought and Water Shortage Tabletop Exercise:

Drought Resources

Learn about drought, drought types, ways to measure drought in a climatological context and how South Carolina monitors and assesses drought.

Helicopters scooping water from reservoir with fire in the background.
Pinnacle Mountain Fire in fall of 2016 resulted in a loss of 10,623 acres. Image Credit: U.S. Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine via Flickr CC BY 2.0

Drought Impacts

Drought impacts spread to all water-sensitive sectors. Learn more about how droughts can affect communities and ecosystems and what can be done to reduce these impacts.

Low lake levels and exposed shoreline.
Low lake levels impact energy production, recreation, and wildlife. Image Credit: Mike Burton via Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0

Drought Response Committee

The SC Drought Response Committee issues drought status updates and may recommend water use restrictions when conditions escalate to severe or extreme drought.

Cracked clay in dry pond bed.
The SC Drought Response Committee’s role is to ensure safety and well-being of South Carolinians during drought conditions. Image Credit: Janet Tarbox via Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0

Legislation and Plans

South Carolina's drought response encompasses multiple documents, legislation, and plans. Learn more about the State's drought response program and procedures to manage drought.

Participants at table tob exercise.
South Carolina Drought and Water Shortage Tabletop Exercise at the South Carolina Emergency Center on September 27, 2017, in West Columbia, SC. Image Credit: CISA.