Watch for Signs and Symptoms of Drought

Watch for signs and symptoms of drought
Concern Signs and Symptoms? Actions
Extreme heat
  • Stay cool
  • Stay hydrated
  • Stay informed
Diminished food supplyexternal icon
  • Drought-damaged crops
  • Healthy foods not readily available or more expensive
  • Maintain the healthiest diet possible
  • Seek services of food banks or other resources if necessary
Poor air qualityexternal icon
  • Breathing problems
  • Worsening asthma or other respiratory conditions
  • Fatigue with exertion
  • Stay indoors
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activity
  • Take prescribed medications
  • Talk to your health care provider if symptoms worsen
Limited water supplyexternal icon
  • Lower lake and river levels
  • Lower water levels in aquifers, thus affecting private wells
  • Public restrictions on water use
  • Listen for local government official’s directions on how to conserve water
  • Continue practicing proper sanitation
  • Use recycled waterexternal icon for non-sanitary purposes
  • Avoid swimming in warm, shallow waters
  • For private well users:
    • Know and obey federal, state, local restrictions on water use
Mental Healthexternal icon
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Consult with a mental health provider and/or your doctor.
Page last reviewed: May 2, 2014