To examine the relationship between national coordination and local challenges, the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) designed and administered a survey that was distributed electronically to county officials in the six-state region served by SCIPP: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The survey was distributed in the Fall of 2014 and drew 331 respondents. These included representatives from counties and parishes, including Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Administration, Cooperative Extension, Emergency Management, and Water Districts.
The survey included four categories: perceptions and actions related to drought; monitoring drought, managing drought, and communicating drought information. The survey design included Likert Scale rankings for quantitative assessment, such as the relevance of various drought indicators, data sources, and communication methods, and qualitative responses to identify common themes related to management decisions and the U.S. Drought Monitor performance.