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State and National Organizations

This section provides a listing of national and statewide government organizations that have been involved with hazard planning in the past. This is not a comprehensive guide, but meant to supplement other information on this website. Please click on the links below or scroll down the page for more information.

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US Army Corp of Engineers
Sea Grant Research Institute

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA is responsible for the administration of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) (42 U.S.C. 4001-4128) and emergency response in the case of natural disasters. To participate in the NFIP, communities must satisfy FEMA's regulations for floodplain management. Through this program, FEMA works with the state and local governments to reduce damages in flood prone areas. The FEMA websites listed below provide information and resources regarding a variety of hazards, including floods, thunderstorms, tornadoes, dam safety, hazardous materials, winter storms, and more. FEMA January 2007.

FEMA Region V
FEMA Region V serves the Midwest states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. FEMA accessed April 2004.

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Division
The Mitigation Division manages the National Flood Insurance Program and oversees FEMA's mitigation programs. FEMA accessed April 2004, updated February 2007.

The National Flood Insurance Program
A component of FEMA that manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA accessed April 2004, updated November 2006.

Flood Hazard Mapping in the National Flood Insurance Program
The Mitigation Division maintains and updates maps for the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA accessed April 2004, updated February 2007.

"Are you ready?" A Guide for Citizens
A citizen handbook that offers information about dealing with specific hazards, including, among other things, floods, thunderstorms, winter storms, fires, and tornadoes. The site provides information on risk reduction programs and activities, disaster assistance programs, and more. FEMA accessed April 2004, updated November 2006.

Guidelines and Specifications for Flood Hazard Mapping Partners
FEMA defines the technical requirements, product specifications for flood hazard maps and related National Flood Insurance Program products, coordination and documentation activities. FEMA accessed April 2004, updated November 2006.

FEMA Mapping and Analysis Center
MAC provides national level Geographic Information System (GIS) support and coordination to the Agency. GIS mapping products are available for DR-1503, DR-1502 and DR-1501 along with current year and archived disasters. This site is limited to presidential declared disasters and tropical storms/hurricanes that have projected landfall on the U.S. or a territory. FEMA accessed April 2004.

Coastal Construction Manual
A multi-volume manual full of guidelines for principles and practices of siting, designing, building and more in coastal areas. Developed in 1985, this is an updated and expanded resource that has a hazards focus. Accessed November 2006.

Fact Sheet for Home Builder’s in Coastal Areas
31 Fact Sheets available through FEMA for homebuilders in coastal areas. Helpful graphics and photos help the reader visualize various projects and ideas. Accessed November 2006.

Coastal Flood Hazard Technical Resources
A resource for coastal hazard information from FEMA and NFIP. FEMA accessed April 2004, updated November 2006.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)
NOAA Coastal Services Center Coastal Hazards
The Center works on projects and activities to reduce the impacts from coastal hazards by providing information and tools that facilitate increased decision-support capabilities for coastal managers. NOAA Coastal Services Center accessed April 2004.

NOAA/NESDIS Hazards Support Activities
Operates the United States' civil geostationary and polar orbiting environmental satellites, and manages the largest collection of atmospheric, geophysical, and oceanographic data in the world. These activities are critical in the observation, analysis, and assessment of natural hazards. NOAA accessed April 2004.

NOAA/NESDIS Mitigating Coastal Hazards
NESDIS works with coastal planners to mitigate the impacts of coastal hazards on public health, living marine resources, and coastal habitats. This site provides links to: satellite data for coasts and oceans, coastal characterization models, coastal relief models, coastal sea floor data, Great Lakes Bathymetry, Sea Ice Analyses, and the CoastWatch Program. NOAA accessed April 2004.

US Army Corps of Engineers
US Army Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) achieves its regulatory authority from the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C.A. 401-406) and the Clean Water Act, Section 404 (33 U.S.C.A. 1251-1376). Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act prohibits the unauthorized obstruction of any navigable waters of the United States. Alterations include the excavation from or depositing of materials in navigable waters or other actions that affect the course, location, condition, or capacity of navigable water (Emmer and Calvert 1992, pp. 15-16). US Army Corps of Engineers accessed April 2004.

COE-Detroit District Home Page

Sea Grant Research Institute
Haznet provides information on the programs nationwide and their efforts to better understand coastal natural hazards and to develop ways to reduce their impacts on lives, property and coastal economies. South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium accessed March 2004.

Sea Grant’s Digitial Library: Coastal Hazards
Sea Grant is a partnership between the nation's universities and NOAA that began in 1966, when the U.S. Congress passed the National Sea Grant College Program Act. Provides access to Sea Grant’s documents on various coastal hazards. National Sea Grant Library accessed April 2004, updated January 2007.

Coastal Natural Hazards Theme Team
“Theme Teams", representing the research, extension, and communication elements of Sea Grant as well as the National Sea Grant Office and Review Panel, are responsible for: “1) coordinating individual Sea Grant program activities within a theme; 2) identifying new opportunities and new directions for national Sea Grant initiatives and investments; 3) catalyzing cooperative efforts between: Sea Grant College Programs, individual programs and the NSGCPO, Sea Grant and NOAA, and Sea Grant and DOC; and 4) providing opportunities for cooperative ventures with other agencies. Sea Grant "thematic areas" represent core areas of emphasis and expertise that reside within the national Sea Grant network programs and affiliated universities.” Sea Grant accessed April 2004.

Reducing the Nation's Vulnerability to Coastal Natural Hazards

Sea Grant Coastal Natural Hazards Initiative Accomplishments

State Level
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR)
WDNR is responsible for implementing state and federal laws that protect and enhance Wisconsin's natural resources, including floodplain management and shoreland zoning regulations (Wisconsin Blue Book 1995-1996 p. 478). WDNR is the agency that implements most of the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program's enforceable policies. WDNR accessed April 2004.

Shoreland Management Home Page (WDNR)

Great Lakes and Watershed Planning Section Home Page (WDNR)

Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP)
Wisconsin Coastal Management
The WCMP carries out a networked form of management, with reliance on coordination of existing agencies and institutions to improve coastal policy development and regulation. The WCMP relies on grants to local governments, technical assistance, and information dissemination to carry out its mission (Born and Miller, 1988). January 2007.

Wisconsin Coastal Management Program
The objectives of WCMP are to improve coordination and implementation among state and local agencies, to strengthen local government capabilities, to provide a strong advocacy voice for balanced uses of coastal resources, and to increase public awareness of Great Lakes Resources. Since the 1970's, the WCMP has worked closely with local communities and with state and federal partners to develop the tools needed to manage and mitigate coastal natural hazards in the Great Lakes. WCMP accessed April 2004.

Wisconsin Coastal Management Program – Needs Assessment and Strategic Vision
This website provides links to two documents: 1) The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program: A Strategic Vision for the Great Lakes (June 1999), and 2) The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) Needs Assessment and Multi-Year Strategy 2002 – 2006 (April 2001), which summarizes the state's current section 309 program and proposed priority enhancement areas. Section 309 of the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) established a voluntary coastal zone enhancement grants program to encourage states to develop program changes. January 2007.

Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM)
Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM)
The mission statement of WEM is “to utilize effective planning, training, and coordination to continually develop the mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities of the State and its subdivisions for emergencies resulting from all hazards." The organizational structure of WEM includes a Natural Disaster Program, which oversees hazards analysis, natural disaster standard operating procedures, hazards response and recovery checklists for county emergency management directors, and guidelines for assessing and documenting disaster damage. WEM accessed April 2004.

Wisconsin Emergency Management Hazard Mitigation
WEM coordinates effective disaster response and recovery efforts in support of local governments. Through planning and training WEM prepares citizens and response personnel to minimize the loss of lives and property. WEM accessed April 2004. We Do

Hazard Mitigation Programs
Provides information on the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program, the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program, and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. WEM accessed April 2004.

State Risks and Mitigation Planning
Provides links to the State Hazard Mitigation Plan, the Hazard Analysis for the State of Wisconsin, and the State of Wisconsin Repetitive Loss Report. WEM accessed April 2004.

Local Hazard Mitigation Planning
Provides links to several documents, including the WEM Mitigation Guide, Construction Techniques to Prevent Future Wind Damage, and Mitigation Ideas: Possible Mitigation Measure by Hazard Type. WEM accessed April 2004.

Disclaimer: The information provided in the Great Lakes Coastal Planning Resource website is provided as a convenience and has been compiled from multiple sources starting in January 2003 and updated in February 2007. This information is not intended as a comprehensive source and may not always be the most recent source available. This site contains links to other web sites (Linked Sites), which are not under the control of the website. We are not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site, including without limitation any link contained in a Linked Site, or any changes or updates to a Linked Site. The website also is not responsible for webcasting or for any other form of transmission received from any Linked Site. The website is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the site by the website or any association with its operators.

The Great Lakes Coastal Planning Resource website was developed by the Land Information & Computer Graphics Facility (LICGF), in collaboration with and funding provided by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act, Grant #NA03NOS4190106, along with assistance from the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute.

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