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Wood County Emergency Management
Wood County Courthouse (Map)
Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm Mon-Fri
Phone: (715) 421-8500
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Department Mission

The Wood County Emergency Management Office assists local government in the protection of lives, property and the environment in the event of major emergencies or disaster of any nature; allows for the assessment of hazards, mitigation opportunities, response capabilities, resources and needs; identifies and deploys resources effectively and allocates emergency responsibilities and authority among local government agencies; coordinates activities among agencies and all levels of government; records information, decisions and procedures developed during the planning process and during actual emergency situations; and provides a basis for training and exercising personnel to operate in coordination.

Emergency Management Notifications

Covid 19 Update

Posted 3/20/2020 by schristensen@co.wood.wi.us

As we continue to monitor and react to the COVID-19 emergency, Wood County recommends people should avoid all non-essential travel and stay home if they are sick. To that end, the following departments have implemented further restrictions to customer access during this emergency.

COURTS/CLERK OF COURTS - The Wood County Circuit Court has implemented temporary changes in their scheduling to address concerns related to the COVID-19 virus. http://www.co.wood.wi.us/CurrentEvents.aspx?BlogPostID=643

DISTRICT ATTORNEY/VICTIM WITNESS - The District Attorney’s Office and Victim/Witness Office is fully staffed, but prefer to limit physical interactions with people and encourage phone contact.

EDGEWATER HAVEN - Edgewater Haven is restricting all visitation, except for end of life situations, until further notice as mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

EXTENSION - The UW Extension office in the Courthouse is not open to public. Request for services can be obtained by calling 715-421-8440. This number will be monitored and responded to accordingly.

HIGHWAY DEPT. - The Wood County Highway Department is limiting visitors to Highway facilities to those who have essential business transactions with the department.

LAND & WATER CONSERVATION - The Land & Water Conservation office has closed their public service counter in River Block, but remains fully staffed and available via telephone and email. Individuals needing assistance will be seen by appointment only.

NORWOOD HEALTH CENTER - Norwood is restricted to essential health care personnel only, no visitors allowed without Administrative approval.

PARKS & FORESTRY DEPT. - Please see link. http://www.co.wood.wi.us/CurrentEvents.aspx?BlogPostID=645

PLANNING & ZONING – The Planning & Zoning office has closed their public service counter in the Courthouse but remains fully staffed to answer questions or information needs of the public via telephone, email, and fax.

REGISTER OF DEEDS - The Register of Deeds office remains open, however, in person genealogy searches are being restricted at this time. Please call 715-421-8450 if needed.

SHERIFF’S DEPT. - The Wood County Sheriff’s Department is taking measures similar to other law enforcement agencies while interacting with the public. Many non-emergency calls for service will be handled by phone to reduce deputy/citizen contacts during this virus containment time. The Sheriff’s Department will issue a separate press release with more details on their operations.

TREASURER - The Treasurer’s Office has closed their public service counter in the Courthouse but will remain fully staffed to answer questions or information needs of the public via telephone, email, and fax. Payments can be left with the Security Services Officers at the courthouse entrance and must be in an envelope with your name and parcel number.

VETERAN SERVICES - The Veteran Service Offices remain operational but will no longer accept walk-ins, scheduled appointments, or other in-person services. We will serve the public though telephone, email, fax, and the US Mail until further notice. (Wisconsin Rapids & Marshfield offices)

If you have questions on whether the department you wish to visit is still open, please give them a call at their number provided on the Wood County website (http://www.co.wood.wi.us/ ). This listing will be updated as needed on both the Wood County website and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/WoodCoWisc/ ).

About Emergency Management

The Wood County Emergency Management Office is responsible for the following programs:

  • Building Number Identification (BNI) Program
  • Highway Safety Program
  • Community Service Work Program
  • EPCRA (Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act) Program
  • Communications

Emergency In-Place Sheltering

For more information about sheltering yourself at home in case of a chemical or biological emergency in your neighborhood, please visit the In-Place Sheltering page.