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Help community prepare for flood and wildfire risk

Post Date:03/14/2017 12:00 p.m.

parking lot under water Trees on fire

The Williamson County Office of Emergency Management is preparing two community protection plans in the event of floods and wildfires. The public is invited to participate in surveys for each of the plans to provide feedback to the County to help in identifying local values and understanding the general attitudes about the hazards and risks related to flooding and wildfires in the community. The information provided will help coordinate activities to reduce the risk of injury or property damage in the future.

Williamson County together with the watershed stakeholders within the County are developing the Williamson County Flood Protection Plan (CFPP). The CFPP is used to formulate and document mitigation strategies that will aid in protecting life and property from the impacts of future flood events.

Williamson County residents can click the link below to take the CFPP survey.

Participants will be asked if their home is located in a floodplain. To determine if a home is located in a floodplain, please check the following sources:

  • Williamson County Interactive Flood Maps 
  • FEMA NFIP Website - The "One-Step Flood Risk Profile" provides a quick indication of your location with respect to delineated floodplains.

The community also is invited to take part in a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) survey. It is understood that some communities within the County already have developed community wildfire protection plans; however, all input is beneficial in the development of a strong collaborative, community-based plan.  Cities with their own plans include Austin, Florence, Georgetown, Leander, and Round Rock.

Williamson County residents can click the link below to take the CWPP survey.

“We greatly appreciate all members of the Williamson County community taking time to participate in these surveys to help us in preparing for these types of natural disasters,” stated Jarred Thomas, Williamson County emergency management coordinator. “Each survey will take only approximately 10 minutes to complete, but will be a significant contribution to the development of these plans.”