National Drought Forum: The 2012 Drought and U.S. Preparedness in 2013 and Beyond

National Drought Forum: The 2012 Drought and U.S. Preparedness in 2013 and Beyond
12 December, 2012 to 13 December, 2012
Washington, DC

Goals and Obectives

The primary goals for the National Drought Forum on Dec. 12-13, 2012, are to understand the extent of 2012 drought impacts and response, and help provide new information and guidance for coordination to improve the nations' drought readiness in 2013 and preparedness for future droughts. By convening high-level drought program experts and representatives from impacted regions we hope to engender a candid and enlightening conversation that will result in specific recommendations for further improving U.S. drought readiness.

Documents for Meeting

Current Drought Conditions



Meeting Location

The meeting will be held at:

Hall of the States
400 N. Capitol St., NW
Room 233/235
Washington, DC 20001

*Please note that you will need to go through security upon entering the building. Please have your government issued ID out and ready to show to the guards.*


There are several hotels close to the Hall of the States.

The George
15 E Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Reservations: 1-800-546-7866

Hyatt Regency Washington
400 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
Washington, Dc 20001
Reservations: 202-737-1234

Phoenix Park Hotel
520 N. Capitol Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Reservations: 202-638-6900

Holiday Inn Capitol
550 C Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
Reservations: 202-479-4000


It is easiest to fly into Reagan National Airport (DCA). From there, you can take the Metro to the Union Station stop. The George, the Hyatt Regency, the Phoenix Park Hotel and the Hall of the States are all near that stop. If you choose to stay at the Holiday Inn, the L'Enfant Plaza stop will be your closest Metro stop.

Federal Meals

Lunch will be provided on Dec. 12 and 13 for those attending the National Drought Forum. It is assumed that all meeting participants will attend the lunch unless you send an email to me at indicating that you will not attend. (Vegetarian options will be available.)

Federal attendees: Please note, UCAR cannot provide meals for Federal employees. This regulation comes from OMB and OMB circulars and Federal agency regulations. It is NOT a UCAR regulation but must be followed due to funding terms and conditions. Therefore, it is requested that Federal employees contribute $10 toward each lunch provided. This amount is based on the actual cost of lunch.

UCAR–supported Attendees: $10 will be deducted from your travel expense reimbursement claim form. The amount deducted is calculated using the same data used for the Federal employees.

To make your payment:

  1. Click here.
  2. Under "Payment Select," click on "Other Items" and then from the drop-down menu, choose "Nat'l Drought Forum – 12-13 December 2012 Washington, DC – Reg Fee" and then click on the "Next" button.
  3. On the following screen, enter the amount, $10 or $20, and fill in your billing information. When you are ready, click on the "Start Process" button.
  4. You will receive an e-mail confirming your Registration payment.

If you prefer to pay by check, please make it payable to "UCAR" and mail to my attention: UCAR/JOSS, Attn: Melanie Russ, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307. You can pay with cash onsite, but we request that you have exact change available.


For logistics questions, please contact Melanie Russ at or 303-497-8687.

For onsite assistance, please contact Shaun McGrath at 303-887-2316.