Wood County Emergency Management
Wood County Courthouse
Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm Mon-Fri
Phone: (715) 421-8500
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
January 29, 2014
Propane Shortage Update - Wood County
The propane shortage continues to impact residents of Wood County. The Wood County Emergency Management Office, along with other agencies, will be coordinating local efforts to provide assistance to those residents in need.
The State of Wisconsin has allocated additional funding to energy assistance programs for those that primarily heat with propane. Income levels are 60% of the State Median Income (SMI) for the WI Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP).
Household Size Gross Income Limit(3 Months)
Residents are urged to contact the Wood County Energy Assistance Program as the first step in securing energy assistance. Please contact Energy Assistance staff at: 715-421-8654 or 715-421-8642 because of the increased number of requests callers should be prepared to leave a message containing their name, address, telephone number, propane vendor name, and the percentage of gas left in their tank. Energy Assistance staff are working to ensure that all phone calls are returned on the day they are received.
If it is determined that the caller does not qualify for the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program, they may be eligible for the Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund Program. Income levels have been increased to 80% of the State Median Income (SMI) for KWWF.
Household Size 3 Month Income 80% SMI
Residents are cautioned that it may take some time to get a delivery so they are urged to call for assistance once their tank reaches 25%.
Wood County departments are hearing concerns from families who do not qualify for state assistance but are having a hard time finding or affording propane. We will continue to work to resolve issues regarding access to propane. Prices have risen dramatically in the last few days, putting a financial strain on already tight budgets. If you run out of fuel and need to leave your home follow the link at the bottom for some tips on winterizing your property.
If you do need to vacate your home, first attempt to find shelter by staying with a friend or family member. If that is not a possibility, please call the dispatch non-emergency number 715-421-8700. If necessary, Wood County Emergency Management/Red Cross will open a shelter for residents in need of a place to stay until fuel can be delivered.
If your vendor is unable to fill your contract or you have concerns over pricing, consumers should call the State DATCP’s Consumer Complaint Hotline at 1-800-422-7128. Complaints can also be filed online at the link below.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has created an Emergency Loan Guarantee Program for Certified Propane Dealers. According to Jonathan Bartz, Regional Account Manager with WEDC, the aim of this program is to provide an incentive to financial institutions to extend lines of credit to propane dealers in Wisconsin so that they can meet the demands for this critical heating fuel. Dealers can visit the webpage listed below for more information.
Any updates to this information will be posted on the Emergency Management website.
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
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.
Emergency Mgmt. Links