Currently, Outagamie County is a county with a Presidential Disaster Declaration status due to the July 20, 2019 storms.
The links below provide information about the disaster assistance program for both individuals and municipalities and about the disaster declaration process.
The Disaster Assistance Process for Individuals and Households
Individual Assistance Program
On-line Registration for Disaster Assistance
Public Assistance Program
Disaster Declaration Process
Outagamie County Emergency Operation Center
In the event of a major disaster, the County Emergency Operations Center would be activated, providing a central location for governmental operations to be conducted. A primary EOC and secondary sites are available throughout the County. Additionally, the Emergency Management has four disaster trailers stationed throughout the county to provide additional resources during a large-scale emergency or disaster. The County also contracts with a local fire department to provide a County Hazardous Materials team services.
Hazards impacting Outagamie County
Blizzard / Winter Storms
- Blizzard has 3 hours or longer sustained wind/gusts to 35 mph or greater with considerable falling and/or blowing snow reducing visibility frequently to less than ¼ mile.
Communicable Disease /Outbreak/ Pandemic Flu
- A communicable disease is passed from one person or animal to another that can result in an outbreak (i.e. norovirus, tuberculosis, water/food borne illness). Pandemic flu is a global disease outbreak from a virus there is little or no immunity in the people. Depending on the incident the local health care system could be overwhelmed.
- A natural decline in the expected precipitation over an extended period of time, typically one or more seasons in length. This can impact agricultural communities and crops along with diminishing water supplies for firefighting.
Extreme Cold / Ice Storms
- Extreme cold occurs during extended below zero temperatures with possibly even lower wind chill producing hypothermia or frostbite in a short time to those exposed. An ice storm brings rain that freezes when it hits the ground, creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees, and power lines. Both can be causes for power outages.
- When the Heat Index (using temperature & relative humidity) is expected to exceed 105° - 110° for two consecutive days and places the elderly, young, and those with health issues at risk.
Flash Flooding / River Flooding
-Flash flood is caused by heavy or excessive rainfall in a short time, generally less than 6 hours. River flooding is water collecting within a stream, creek, or river and then overflows onto nearby floodplains.
Forest / Wild land / Peat Moss Fires
- Uncontrolled fire in areas with concentration of trees, brush, or peat moss and possibly consuming structures. Peat moss fires can remain undetected for days, weeks, or months because of their smoldering underground.
- Frozen ice pellets from ¼” – 4 ½” and greater in diameter which causes damage to property and agriculture along with possible injuries.
Severe Thunderstorms / Lightning Storms
- A thunderstorm that produces lightning, tornado, winds of at least 58 mph, and/or hail at least ¾" in diameter.
Tornado / High Winds
- A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground with wind speeds up to 250 mph or more. High winds are 1) sustained wind speeds of 40 mph or greater for 1 hour or longer or 2) winds of 58 mph or greater for any duration.
MAN MADE/TECHNOLOGICAL HAZARDS
Air Quality Alert
- Occurs when the Air Quality Index is in the “Unhealthy for sensitive groups, Unhealthy, Very Unhealthy or Hazardous” for the community. These levels can cause health effects for many people when it rises to the Unhealthy or higher level.
- Accident involving an aircraft either at the airport site or off the airport site.
Contaminated Water Supply
- A water plant or private well that becomes contaminated through accidental or purposefully exposure to substances harmful to humans.
- The collapse, breach, or other failure of a dam that could cause downstream flooding.
Hazardous Materials Incident - Fixed Facility
- A facility containing hazardous substances when either accidental or intentionally released cause concern for life safety and environment containment.
Hazardous Materials Incident – Pipeline
- Accidental or intentional release of natural gas from the pipeline resulting in a potential evacuation or explosion.
Hazardous Materials Incident – Railway
- Train derailment, train/vehicle collision, or intentional release causing ruptured rail cars to release hazardous substances resulting in life safety and environmental concerns.
Hazardous Materials Incident – Roadway
- Vehicle accident involving hazardous chemicals in transport on the roadway resulting in life safety and environmental concerns.
Loss of Electrical Service
- Either from technological or weather causes these services could be loss during an event for less that one day up to an extended duration of one to two weeks. This can have impact on businesses and residents ability heating and cooling.
Loss of Sewer Service/Wastewater Management
- Either from technological or weather causes these services could be loss during an event for less that one day up to an extended duration of one to two weeks. During flooding these systems can be affected by excessive storm water.
- A release of manure from a manure holding tank (pit) or while in transport to a field with possible impacts on municipal water plant or private well contamination.
- A mass casualty event overwhelming the local municipality capabilities and resources for responding.
- Community or large scale private events which brings in a large number of people such as parades, concerts, festivals, fireworks display, or sporting events. During these events if an emergency happens it can overwhelm the local resources.
- Fire impacting critical infrastructure, multiple buildings, high population/economic area and/or conflagration.
Terrorism or Intentional Acts of Violence
- The use of violence or the threat of violence to cause fear and intimidation to the community and/or government. This can be accomplished using explosives, weapons, biological agents, cyber attacks, food supply tampering and other means.