Tribal Mitigation Planning Team

A Tribal Mitigation Planning Team has been established. You can become involved by completing the attached survey, or participating in forthcoming community events, to talk about risks and potential strategies.

For questions or comments contact:

Tony Corbine, Grant Administrator
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715-682-7123 x 1560

Suzi Smith, GIS Specialist
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715-682-7123 x 1559

  • Ben Connors, Tribal Roads
  • Jim Stone, Tribal Fire Dept./GLIFWC Warden
  • Debra Tutor, Health Clinic Admin.
  • John Patrick, Tribal Conservation Warden
  • Deb Morrissey, Housing Authority
  • John Prohaska, BRNRD Environmental Compliance
  • Jerry Anderson, White River Township
  • Marty Maynes, IHS Health Officer
  • Lloyd Hartwell, Transit Manager
  • Luis Salas, Chairman, Town of Sanborn
  • Mike Morrissey, Tribal Facilities Manager
  • Neil Bigboy, BRNRD Warden
  • Pam Feustel, Community Health Nurse
  • Lissa Radke, BRNRD Environmental Specialist
  • Patrick Colgrove, Gingles Township
  • Nathan Kilger, BRNRD Air Quality Specialist
  • Phil Livingston, Tribal Water & Sewer
  • Tony Corbine, Team Planner/Writer

The Tribal Mitigation Planning Team (TMPT) has identified and rated natural hazards that threaten the Bad River Reservation. Winter snow and ices storms were rated severe. Natural hazards rated as high risk include: severe thunder storms and high winds, flooding, and wild fires. Dam or levee failure risk is rated as moderate. The risk of tornadoes and drought is classified as slight.

The TMPT also identified, and taken into consideration, significant damage causing events that have occurred on the Reservation, or in close proximity, since 1949. The next step for the TMPT is to work with communities to come up with mitigation strategies.

Steps of the Bad River Pre-Disaster Mitigation Planning Process

The mitigation planning process consists of 6 steps.

  1. Planning - Set up Tribal Mitigation Planning Team, and support personnel.
  2. Risk Assessment - Determine vulnerability of each community to natural hazards and disasters.
  3. Strategizing - Document plans to reduce or prevent structural damage and human health hazards.
  4. State of Wisconsin Review - Ensure compliance of the Tribal pre-disaster mitigation plan with WEMA criteria.
  5. Schedule a Maintenance Plan - Determine how often the plan will be updated, and which Tribal Program or Office will be responsible.
  6. Approval, Adoption, Implementation - Tribal Council, FEMA, and State of Wisconsin approve the plan. Strategies are implemented with additional state funding.

Currently, the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Process is at step 2, the Risk Assessment phase.