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Emergency Planning Division (608) 266-4330 COUNTY OF DANE Emergency Medical Services Division (608) 266-4387 Department of Emergency Management Hazardous Materials Planning Division KATHY M. KRUSIEC, Director (608) 266-9051 (608) 267-1591 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 17, 2009 Hazard Mitigation Public WorkshopIssuing Department: Emergency Management Reference #071709-1For more information contact: David Janda: (609) 266-5950 Available at: www.co.dane.wi.us Public invited to comment on natural hazard mitigation plan Dane County is soliciting comments on the recently updated Dane County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan includes an assessment of the impacts of natural hazards such as floods, tornadoes, and winter storms and a strategy with long-term solutions and alternatives for minimizing potential impacts to people and property. The plan will allow the County and participating jurisdictions to be eligible for mitigation grant funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The planning process is a cooperative effort between Dane County and 40 local jurisdictions within the county. (A map showing participating jurisdictions is attached.) Dane County Emergency Management will be hosting a public workshop on this topic, held on stTuesday, July 21 , from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Madison Fire Station 11, 4011 Morgan Way. This meeting will give people the opportunity to talk directly with County staff who have been working on the ...
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Emergency Planning Division (608) 2664330 COUNTY OF DANEEmergency Medical Services Division Department of Emergency Management (608) 2664387 Hazardous Materials Planning Division KATHY M. KRUSIEC, Director (608) 2669051(608) 2671591FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 17, 2009Hazard Mitigation Public Workshop Issuing Department: Emergency ManagementReference #0717091 For more information contact: David Janda: (609) 2665950Available at:www.co.dane.wi.us Public invited to comment on natural hazard mitigation plan Dane County is soliciting comments on the recently updated Dane County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan includes an assessment of the impacts of natural hazards such as floods, tornadoes, and winter storms and a strategy with longterm solutions and alternatives for minimizing potential impacts to people and property. The plan will allow the County and participating jurisdictions to be eligible for mitigation grant funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).The planning process is a cooperative effort between Dane County and 40 local jurisdictions within the county. (A map showing participating jurisdictions is attached.) Dane County Emergency Management will be hosting a public workshop on this topic, held on st Tuesday, July 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Madison Fire Station 11, 4011 Morgan Way. This meeting will give people the opportunity to talk directly with County staff who have been working on the project.The meeting will provide an overview of the plan, its goals and mitigation strategies, and allow for public comments prior to the plan being finalized.Residents, elected officials, emergency responders and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend. Some examples of recommendations included in the plan are applying for federal grants to construct tornado shelters in mobile home parks, implementing a voluntary program for acquisition or relocation of floodprone properties, and working with builders, utilities and insurance companies to create incentives to assist people in making their homes resistant to damaging winds or power outages. A draft plan and a comment form can be downloaded from the project website after July 20 at http://im.na.amec.com/DaneCo_HazardMitigationcopies will be made available on. Hard request. The public comment period is July 20th through August 5th.All comments will be considered and incorporated into the plan, as appropriate. Following the comment period the plan will be submitted to FEMA for review and approval, and subsequently adopted by the participating jurisdictions. Tosubmit comments or for more information, contact David Janda, Emergency Management, 6082665950janda@co.dane.wi.us. Persons requiring an interpreter, materials, alternate formats, or other accommodations to access this meeting are encouraged to contact David Janda, 2665950 or 2671597 (TTY) at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. Attachments: Page 1 of 1
Directions to Madison Fire Station #11Take Hwy 151 North to Nelson Road (Hwy 151 N. Exit 98A  before American Parkway exit). Go straight through the stop lightintersection of Nelson Road and High Crossing Blvd.Proceed East on Nelson Road to Crossing Place (approx. 1/3rd mile from stop light intersection).Turn left on Crossing Place (you will be in front of the station). Turn left on Grand Crossing and left on Morgan Way. The parking lot is off Morgan Way but the station faces Crossing Place.
M E D I N A
W I N D S O R
City of Sun Prairie
R O X B U R Y
O R E G O N
Village of Marshall
Windsor
B R I S T O L
City of Edgerton
Printed: 4/14/2008
Rutland
Ashton
Village of Maple Bluff
This map was prepared by Dane County Emergency Management from records and data located in various public offices.Map information is believed to be accurate but is not guaranteed to be without error.Source data used to compile this map is dynamic and in a constant state of maintenance, correction and update.
Village of Shorewood  Hills
City of Madison
M I D D L E T O N
P E R R Y
Village of Belleville
P R I M R O S E Primrose
R U T L A N D
D U N K I R K
Village of DeForest
Dane County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan 2009 Update and Local Plan Development
A L B I O N
City of Monona
Participating Jurisdictions
Village of Waunakee
City of Middleton
B L O O M I N GG R O V E
M A D I S O N
C O T T A G EG R O V E
Village of Black Earth
Village of Mazomanie
Village of Rockdale
Village of Dane Village of DeForest Village of Deerfield Village of Maple Bluff Village of Marshall Village of McFarland Village of Mount Horeb Village of Oregon Village of Shorewood Hills Village of Waunakee
Village of Blue Mounds
Town of Perry
Village of Deerfield
Riley
Pine Bluff
C R O S SP L A I N S
V E R M O N T
B L A C KE A R T H
V E R O N A
Village of Black Earth
Village of Mazomanie
Village of Blue Mounds
B L U EM O U N D S
Springfield Corners
B E R R Y
Marxsville
Village of Cross Plains
M A Z O M A N I E
S P R I N G D A L E
Village of Mount Horeb
Legend Participating Jurisdictions2004 Participating Jurisdictions City of EdgertonCity of Monona City of FitchburgCity of Stoughton City of MadisonTown of Berry City of MiddletonTown of Deerfield City of MononaTown of Dunn City of StoughtonTown of Madison City of Sun PrairieTown of Springdale City of VeronaTown of Springfield Town of AlbionTown of Sun Prairie Town of BerryTown of Vienna Town of BristolTown of Westport Town of Cottage GroveVillage of DeForest Town of DunnVillage of Maple Bluff StandAlone Local Plan Town of Madison Town of MiddletonCity of Sun Prairie Town of MontroseVillage of Oregon Town of Oregon Not Participating Town of Pleasant Springs Town of Black Earth Town of Primrose Town of Blooming Grove Town of Roxbury Town of Blue Mounds Town of RutlandTown of Burke Town of SpringdaleTown of Christiana Town of SpringfieldTown of Cross Plains Town of Sun Prairie Town of Dane Town of Vermont Town of Deerfield Town of Verona Town of Dunkirk Town of Vienna Town of Mazomanie Town of WestportTown of Medina
Y O R K York Center
C H R I S T I A N A
P L E A S A N TS P R I N G S
D U N N
V I E N N A Norway Grove
M O N T R O S E
Village of D A N E Dane
Village of Cottage Grove
D E E R F I E L D
S U NP R A I R I E
B U R K E
W E S T P O R T
Martinsville S P R I N G F I E L D
North Bristol
Village of McFarland
London
Village of Cottage Grove
Village of Cross Plains
Village of Cambridge
Village of Cambridge
Village of Belleville
Town of Windsor
Town of York
Village of Brooklyn
Dane County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan 2009 Update and Local Plan DevelopmentBackground Information What is Hazard Mitigation? The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) defines hazard mitigation as, “any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate longterm risk to life and property from natural hazards.”Another way to understand hazard mitigation is as the prevention component of the emergency management process. Preparedness activities are the emergency plans, training, drills, and exercises that individuals, communities and first responders participate in on almost daily basis.These are things done to get ready for an emergency or disaster before it happens. Emergency Management Cycle Response is the shortterm, emergency actions taken to address the immediate impacts of a hazard. Recovery is the longerterm process of restoring the community back to normal or predisaster conditions. Mitigation activities are actions that will prevent or eliminate losses, even if an incident does occur. Mitigationcan reduce or eliminate the need for an emergency response and greatly reduce the recovery period. This may sound complicated, but we all do many of these things on a daily basis.Consider the example of a family taking their car on a road trip in the winter months.Examples of the hazards of highway travel might include vehicle breakdown, inclement weather, or a traffic crash. Preparedness activities would include purchasing auto insurance and keeping the policy current, maintaining the vehicle so it is in good operating condition, bringing warm clothes, jumper cables, and a shovel, and having a cell phone on the trip. Response activities might include putting on the warm clothes and using the cell phone to call for towing service if the vehicle breaks down or calling 911 if involved in crash. Recovery would be getting the vehicle repaired and back on the road after a breakdown or crash. Mitigation would be assuring that everyone in the vehicle wears their seatbelt while the vehicle is in motion.This is a specific action to assure that if a crash does occur, the occupants of the vehicle are protected and their risk of serious injury is reduced.Another example would be to cancel or postpone the trip if hazardous winter weather is imminent.This action would eliminate exposure to the risk altogether. These same concepts apply to community level hazard mitigation planning.Mitigation planning is a process for county and local governments to identify communitylevel policies and actions that will reduce the impacts of natural hazards. Why is Natural Hazard Mitigation Important? Most people who live or work in Dane County have been affected by natural hazards in one way or another. DaneCounty and its residents are vulnerable to a variety of hazards including extreme temperatures, severe winter weather, tornadoes, and floods.These extreme weather events seem to be occurring more and more frequently, often with disastrous results.In fact, many experts believe that the
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heavy rains, strong thunderstorms, and tornadoes that struck the upper Midwest last summer are a sign of the future trends.The frequency and severity of future weather extremes is difficult to predict, but the trend seems clear.Six of the fourteen federal disasters declared for Dane County have occurred in the last ten years.In fact, according to National Weather Service records, eight of the ten most costly weather events to affect Dane County have occurred since 2000.Combined, these ten events alone account for an * estimated $181million in property damage, crop loss, and governmental response and infrastructure repair costs. Date EventProperty DamageCrop lossTotal  ($Million) ($Million) ($Million) June, 1993Flood $12.6$10.0 $22.6 Ma ,1998 SevereStorms $3.1$0.15 $3.3 June, 2000Flood $6.1$3.2 $9.3 Summer, 2002Drou ht$0 $4.4 $4.4 June, 2004Tornado $1.5$0 $1.5 Au ust,2005 Tornado$34.3 $.75$35.1 May, 2006Hail $5.6$0 $5.6 Jul ,2006 Flood$10.0 $0$10.0 Au ust,2007 Flood$6.8 $5.0$11.8 June, 2008Severe Storms and Floodin$13.5 $64.4 $77.9 $87.90 $181.50Total $93.50 As dramatic as these figures are, they do not tell the whole story of damages caused by natural hazards in Dane County.In addition to these large events, almost every year there are smaller, isolated weather events that cause localized property damage and losses significant to the people affected. Hazard Mitigation Plans The rising costs associated with disaster response and recovery have focused the attention of federal, state, and local governments on addressing natural hazards before they occur.Obviously, torrential rains and tornadoes cannot be prevented from occurring.Planning for natural hazards and implementing mitigation measures, however, can reduce theimpactEmergencyof such events when they do occur. response and recovery costs can be reduced.Property damage and monetary losses can be reduced. Personal injury and loss of life can be reduced.The economic and social impact on the community as a whole can be reduced. In 2005, Dane County and thirteen local units of government within the county collaborated in a planning effort to develop a Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.This plan was prepared by the county’s Department of Emergency Management under the direction of County Executive Kathleen Falk and the County Board’s Public Protection and Judiciary Committee. The purpose of the plan is to better understand the natural hazards and their impacts on the people and property of the county. But the plan is not simply a descriptive exercise.The plan is intended as a plan of action, identifying a wide range of options to reduce the county’s vulnerability to natural hazards – before the next disaster occurs. * Loss estimates provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center.
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The current plan can be viewed on the county’s website at: http://www.countyofdane.com/emergency/mitigation_plan.aspxThe floodrelated elements of the hazard mitigation plan were developed in 2004 through a separate process. Thecurrent flood mitigation plan can be viewed online at: http://www.danewaters.com/management/floods.aspxThe recommendations in the flood mitigation plan have also been incorporated in the county’s comprehensive plan, formally adopted by the County Board and signed by the County Executive in October 2008. Printed versions of either of these plans can be obtained by contacting Dane County Emergency Management directly at (608) 2664330. Plan Update Process These plans are now being updated.The county has received a FEMA sponsored grant to support the effort. DaneCounty Emergency Management is taking the lead and has hired a consultant, AMEC Earth and Environmental, to manage the project. AMEC will facilitate the planning process, collect necessary data, and perform other technical services, including updating the risk assessment and plan document. A planning team has been organized and meets on a regular basis, working through varying levels of review, revision, and update of the following elements of the plan: Previously identified hazards that may impact or have impacted the community; Profiles of the most recent hazard events; Assessment of the vulnerability to those hazards; Assessment of the communities’ capabilities to mitigate the hazards; Mitigation goals and objectives; Specific mitigation actions and projects; Implementation strategy for the plan; Plan maintenance and update process; Plan approval and adoption. Forty of the sixtyone cities, villages, and towns are now actively participating in this process. How Can You Get Involved? Members of the community have a very important role in this process.The planning team regards broad public participation in the planning process as an essential strategy for developing a plan that will be effective, supported by the public, and ultimately implemented.The process will provide a range of opportunities for Dane County citizens, public officials, and stakeholder groups to participate and give input in the plan update.A project website has been created to allow the public and stakeholders to stay informed of upcoming activities, review drafts of the plan, and to provide feedback (URL on page footer). For more information on the plan or the planning process, please contact: DavidJandaAMEC project manager Interim DirectorJeff Brislawn Dane County Emergency ManagementHazard Mitigation Lead/Sr Project Manager Public Safety Building, Room 2107AMEC Earth and Environmental, Inc. 115 West Doty St, Madison WI 537033202355 S Teller St, Suite 300, Lakewood, CO 80226 Ph 6082665950; Fax 6082664500;Ph 3037425313; Fax 3039356575; anda co.dane.wi.useff.brislawn amec.com
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