State of Wisconsin Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) agency identifies the major hazards Wisconsin faces, and recommends actions to reduce vulnerability in the Wisconsin Hazard Mitigation Plan. This 2016 version acknowledges the risks of climate change, noting that the state has already experienced an average 1.1°F increase in temperatures over the last 50 years.

The report explains that WEM does not play a direct role in implementing “brick-and-mortar” adaptation projects, but the state can encourage adaptation by:

  • Incorporating information on planning for future conditions into trainings
  • Incorporating Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities into the scoring system for project applications
  • Updating WEM’s local mitigation plan review document to include criteria on the assessment of changing future conditions, including weather patterns

The report relies on climate data produced through the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts. This data demonstrates that Wisconsin is seeing increased average annual temperatures and precipitation, which could beget drought, extreme weather, heat stress, and increased pests.  

This report also analyzes if local hazard mitigation plans submitted in Wisconsin between 2011 and 2016 address climate risks. It finds that increasingly local hazard plans (and other local plans) are addressing climate risks.

Publication Date: December 2016 (amended January 2017)

Related Organizations:

  • Wisconsin Emergency Management Department of Military Affairs

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Resource Types:

  • Plans (other)

States Affected:

Impacts:

  • Air temperature
  • Precipitation changes

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