Emergency plan availability varies by county
GREEN BAY All of Wisconsin's 72 counties have emergency plans to respond to everything from chemical leaks to weather emergencies, but an investigation by Gannett Wisconsin Media found that some counties make it harder for residents to see their plans than others.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported Sunday that some counties also charge fees for their plans, which are public documents, while others do not. For example, Columbia County estimated it would charge more than $647 for all of the documents requested. By contrast, Marinette and Kewaunee counties charged $10 for their plans, which they provided on compact disc.
Reporters with Gannett Wisconsin Media requested emergency preparedness plans from county officials across the state in late January. The goal was to see if these plans were available to the people they are designed to protect.
The plans often contain information such as evacuation routes or information about warning systems. Some counties took weeks to provide the plans, while others had theirs available immediately online.
Here are some of the findings:
— Outagamie County promptly provided a link to an online version of its plan the day it received the request.
— Brown and La Crosse counties provided their plans the day after the request was made.