Emergency Management

Office Information

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

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

NOAA Weather Radios
Posted 4/28/2015 by schristensen@co.wood.wi.us
Wood County Emergency Management would like to say THANK YOU to the sponsors that made the NOAA Weather Radio program possible. Without you we couldn't have done it.
NOAA Weather Radio Program
Posted 11/5/2014 by schristensen@co.wood.wi.us
Wood County Emergency Management Agency is soliciting donations for a new program to provide National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Emergency Weather Radios to the elderly population in Wood County. Weather radios detect and disseminate emergency information which includes weather related events, floods, chemical spills and other local emergencies events that would take place 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Emergency weather radios cost approximately $25, but can be viewed as a luxury item by some elderly individuals on fixed incomes. It is our goal to raise funds to provide weather radios to the elderly population in Wood County in order to make the elderly feel more comfortable in their surroundings by knowing that if an emergency were to happen they would be notified by this NOAA radio. It would also indicate when to seek shelter if needed, which could potentially save lives.

Our goal is to hand out 200 or more of the NOAA weather radios in the Spring of 2015. If you donate, you will be sponsored on our website along with a letter to the recipient, unless you wish to remain anonymous.

Any donation that you could provide would help improve the safety of the elderly population in Wood County. Please make your donation payable to the Wood County Treasurer and send it to Wood County Emergency Management, PO Box 8095, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-8095 or drop it off during normal business hours at the office located at 400 Market Street, Room 111, Wisconsin Rapids.

Thank you for taking the time to consider this worthwhile endeavor. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.
Ebola Information
Posted 10/22/2014 by schristensen@co.wood.wi.us
How do I protect myself against Ebola?

If you must travel to an area affected by the 2014 Ebola outbreak, protect yourself by doing the following:

Wash hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid contact with blood and body fluids of any person, particularly someone who is sick.
Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.
Do not touch the body of someone who has died from Ebola.
Do not touch bats and nonhuman primates or their blood and fluids and do not touch or eat raw meat prepared from these animals.
Avoid hospitals in West Africa where Ebola patients are being treated. The U.S. Embassy or consulate is often able to provide advice on medical facilities.

For more information please visit http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/qa.html

About Emergency Management

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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.

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