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Drought is an unusually disaster in that it is slow to occur and one is not really aware of it being a disaster until it is actually upon you. In this case thinking about what to do in a drought before a drought occurs is smart thinking.
Usually the authorities will declare if an area is in a drought. There will be a lack of water of course; water restrictions may be in force such as no watering gardens, washing cars etc.
In a severe drought this might include water to domestic properties restricted to a few hours per day even.
The main issue of course is to have sufficient water for drinking, preparing food and, if possible, washing facilities and drainage for toilets.
First and foremost is drinking water. One can purchase bottles and larger containers of drinking water and store them. There is no use by date on water so they will keep provided they remain sealed and do not allow any bacteria to get in. If one can store them in a cellar or underground that will prevent evaporation and keep them call plus reduce any radiation accumulation in the event of a radiation attack.
Drought tends to affect the rural areas more so than the cities. Cities always have a reserve of water that can be rationed easily and sometimes even topped up from other areas.
Farmers in the rural areas are most affected by drought as they need plenty of water for their livestock and crops. Many farmers will keep a reserve of water if they are in areas with a history of drought. In many areas, such as Australia, there is underground water reservoir (called the Great Artesian Basin) which can be drawn upon with bore holes to obtain the water required. Some areas, particularly close to the sea, build salination plants to convert salt water to clear fresh water and this helps to provide water during dry seasons.
In the case of a drought it is a matter of being prepared so if and when a drought does occur you are all set to ride it through.