MISSION STATEMENT: Green County Emergency Management coordinates effective disaster response and recovery efforts in support of local governments. Through planning, training, and exercising, we prepare ourselves, our citizens, and response personnel, to minimize the loss of lives and property.
Are you prepared for Severe Weather? We have many tips for preparing your Home in the "Know What To Do" page of our "Be Informed" section on this website. Have a Safety Plan prepared so you and your family know what to do in the event of a Tornado. The National Weather Service (NWS) issues storm warnings and watches. Familiarize yourself with the "Know the Terms" page in the "Be Informed" section, so you know what the NWS is talking about.
Immediately following a natural or technological disaster, essential utilities and supply sources may be disrupted, there are damages to public and private property, and people suffer injuries or death. All emergencies must be managed during the response phase by using an Incident Command structure that efficiently procures and employs all the resources needed to effectively manage the situation. Each emergency is different and requires a comprehensive assessment of resources available and the flexibility to mobilize them
Recovery starts almost immediately after a disaster strikes and the goal is to restore all systems to normal or near-normal condition. Long-term recovery from a disaster may go on for years until the entire disaster area is completely redeveloped, either as it was in the past or for an entirely new purpose which is less vulnerable to a disaster. During this time it is very important for the public to check this website, facebook , WEKZ radio 93.7 FM and other media outlets for current emergency information.
Mitigation means to eliminate or reduce the chance of occurrence or the effects of a disaster. The downtown area in the City of Darlington, WI was repeatedly flooded and through a mitigation grant they were able to remove structures near the river and turn the area into a park. They also put flood walls around some buildings to protect them. The City of Monroe also received a grant after the 1996 flooding and several detention ponds were created to hold water runoff. This has been very beneficial and both of these projects have greatly reduced damages caused by flooding.
Preparedness means planning for emergency operations, identifying available resources, ensuring training, and practicing plans through exercises. Responders as well as individuals must ensure they have emergency plans and test them. It has been proven that the more prepared a community and its citizens are for a disaster, the faster they recover from it.