2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 323. Emergency management.
323.61 Emergency planning grants.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 323.61 (2017)

323.61 Emergency planning grants.

(1)General.

(a) There is created an emergency planning grant program for the purpose of assisting committees to comply with the requirements of s. 323.60 and the federal act.

(b) Any committee may apply annually to the division for an emergency planning grant. Applications shall be made in the manner specified by the division.

(2)Eligible costs. Eligible costs for emergency planning grants are limited to the cost of all of the following:

(a) Maintaining emergency response plans required under 42 USC 11003, including the cost of maintaining facility plans.

(b) Reviewing, exercising and implementing emergency response plans required under 42 USC 11003.

(br) Subject to sub. (2m), 80 percent of the costs of computers and emergency response equipment, but not to exceed $10,000. In-kind contributions may be used to meet the committee's contribution under this paragraph.

(c) Committee operation and administration, including the cost of supplies and equipment reasonably necessary for committee operation and administration, but excluding the cost of computers and emergency response equipment.

(d) Any other activity of the committee required under s. 323.60 or the federal act.

(dm) Hazardous materials response supplies.

(e) The portion of a previous year's costs that was approved by the division but not paid because of insufficient funds.

(2m)Strategic plan. A committee is eligible for grant funds under sub. (2) (br) for emergency response equipment only if it submits to the division a strategic plan for emergency response to hazardous substance releases that includes all of the following:

(a) An analysis of the risks of hazardous substance releases in the county.

(b) Identification of the existing capability for emergency response to hazardous substance releases in the county.

(c) An assessment of needs, including equipment and training needs, related to emergency response to hazardous substance releases in the county.

(d) A process to maintain or increase the capability for emergency response to hazardous substance releases in the county.

(e) Identification of a local emergency response team that is capable of responding to a level B release that occurs at any place in the county and whose members meet the standards for hazardous materials technicians in 29 CFR 1910.120 (q) (6) (iii) and national fire protection association standards NFPA 471 and 472.

(f) Procedures for local emergency response team actions that are consistent with local emergency response plans developed under s. 323.60 (3) and the state contingency plan established under s. 292.11 (5).

(3)Grant amount.

(a) Emergency planning grants shall not exceed the sum of the following amounts:

1. The costs of each new facility plan completed by the committee and approved by the division in the period covered by the grant.

2. All costs incurred by the committee in the period covered by the grant related to subs. (2) (b) to (dm) and (2m).

3. The portion of a previous year's costs that was approved by the division but not paid because of insufficient funds.

(b) The division shall reduce the grant amount calculated under par. (a) by the amount of any other gifts or grants received by the committee in the period covered by the grant for costs incurred by the committee related to sub. (2).

(c) Notwithstanding sub. (2), the division shall deny that portion of a grant calculated under par. (a) 2. if the division determines that the committee has failed to meet grant obligations, including the development, review, exercise or implementation of local emergency response plans as required under s. 323.60 or the federal act.

(e) Annually, the division shall establish a formula to determine the amount of emergency planning grant funds available to each county.

(4)Payment of grants. Annually, the division shall review all applications received under this section and make grants to committees from the appropriations under s. 20.465 (3) (jm) and (r). If insufficient funds are available to pay all approved grants, the division shall prorate the available funds among the eligible applicants in proportion to the approved grant amounts. A prorated payment shall be deemed full payment of the grant.

(5)Payment in advance.

(a) The division may pay a portion of a grant before the end of the period covered by the grant if a committee requests the advance payment and if the division determines that the necessary funds are available and that the advance payment will not result in insufficient funds to pay other grants.

(b) The division may pay an amount up to 50 percent of anticipated eligible costs covered by a grant up to 12 months before the end of the period covered by the grant. The division may pay an additional amount up to 25 percent of anticipated eligible costs up to 6 months before the end of the period covered by the grant. The division shall determine anticipated eligible costs from a budget submitted by the committee at the time that the committee requests payment in advance.

(c) If a committee receives advance payments under this subsection which exceed the total grant amount calculated under sub. (3), the division shall subtract the amount of the overpayment from the amount of a grant paid to that committee in the next year that the committee receives a grant.

History: 1987 a. 342; 1989 a. 31, 115; 1991 a. 104; 1993 a. 16; 1995 a. 13, 227; 1997 a. 27; 2001 a. 16; 2009 a. 42 ss. 207 to 213; Stats. 2009 s. 323.61.

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