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Hazard Mitigation Plan 2014 Update

Project Overview  

Walworth County has initiated a project to update the 2009 - 2013 natural hazards mitigation plan for the County along with the towns, cities, and villages. A natural hazards mitigation plan is a document that evaluates natural hazards that could negatively affect county residents and identifies those things that can be done to mitigate their negative effects.

To qualify for Federal funding for hazard mitigation projects, a community must have an approved plan. In addition, it is anticipated that implementation of this plan will:

·     minimize damage from natural disasters that do occur

·     save taxpayer’s money because less money will be spent on post-disaster recovery activities

·     help communities and residents respond to and recover more quickly from natural disasters that may strike

Who is Involved?

A steering committee has been formed to prepare the initial draft of the plan.  Members will include county staff, local officials, and county residents.

Local units of government are encouraged to participate in the preparation of the plan.

Lt. John Ennis is the Emergency Management Director for Walworth County and will serve as the project supervisor.

Civi Tek Consulting of Lake Mills Wisconsin, has been hired to help update the 2009 - 2013 plan and Tim Schwecke, AICP, is the project manager. You can reach him at (920) 728-2814 or at


Walworth County Emergency Management will be hosting a public meeting in a number of locations in the county to review the countywide draft natural hazards mitigation plan and accept public input.

Project Timeline

It is anticipated that this project will be completed by December 2014. A tentative timeline shows various milestones and anticipated dates for completion.

CURRENT VERSION - Reviewed by FEMA and State of Wisconsion Emergency Management

        Draft 4.0 for FEMA review                  

Document for Cities and Villages

In order for a city or village to apply for a grant for a mitigation project, the final plan must be adopted by resolution.  A sample resolution is available as a Microsoft Word document.


If you have any questions about this project or to get more information, you may contact Lt. John Ennis, Emergency Management Director, at:                          

            (262) 741-4616


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