All of Wisconsin’s coastal communities are vulnerable to flooding. The resources featured in this topic are organized by the four phases of emergency management – preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. Utilizing these resources can help local officials and property owners become more resilient to flooding hazards.

Preparedness - Understanding Flooding

Severe Weather 101

NOAA National Severe Storms Lab

This resource provides information to learn more about severe weather, including flooding, thunderstorms, tornadoes, lightning, hail, damaging winds, and winter weather. It includes resources for educators, students and the public.

FloodSmart – The National Flood Insurance Program

Federal Emergency Management Agency

This resource makes the case for the National Flood Insurance Program to the public. It includes information on why and how to buy flood insurance, as well as understanding flood risk and how to reduce cost and increase community resilience.

Preparedness - Plans and Practice

Make a Plan


This resource walks families through a four-step process to create and practice a plan for an emergency.

Extreme Event Game

National Academy of Sciences LabX

Extreme Event is a role-playing game that allows participants to work together to make decisions and solve problems during a simulated disaster. Scenarios exist for floods, hurricanes and earthquakes.

Preparedness - Assessing Vulnerability in Floodplains

Search for Floodplains by Address

FEMA Flood Map Service Center

A quick way to see if you are located in a floodplain.

River Forecasts

National Weather Service

This tool provides a national perspective on river gauges that are in flood stage or in an action stage. See observations and forecasts for the next week.

Wisconsin Flood Risk Mapping Application

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

This interactive map presents data resources for emergency preparedness and planning in Wisconsin.

Preparedness - Assessing Vulnerability to Coastal Flooding

Great Lakes Water Level Dashboard

NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab

This resource provides interactive visualization of water levels on each of the Great Lakes.

Great Lakes Coastal Forecasting System

NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab

This resource provides maritime users with short-term predictions of water levels, water currents, and water temperatures.

Lake Michigan and Lake Huron Operational Forecast System

NOAA National Ocean Service

This resource provides maritime users with short-term predictions of water levels, water currents, and water temperatures. It utilizes a numerical hydrodynamic model to generate nowcast and forecast information.

Lake Level Viewer

NOAA Office for Coastal Management

This interactive map visualizes the extent of rising and falling water levels along the shores of the Great Lakes from six feet about average lake levels to six feet below in one foot increments. It includes the ability to explore the impact of rising water levels on vulnerable populations and businesses.

Response and Recovery

Flood Toolkit

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

A planning guide for public health and emergency response professionals that provides practical guidance, strategies and useful reference materials about health impacts and recovery from flooding.

Open Data Portal

Wisconsin Sea Grant

This resource is a free public platform to quickly explore and download open data about emergency management in Wisconsin. It provides photos and other data in a useful story map format.


Beyond the Basics

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

This resource features best practices drawn from high-quality hazard mitigation plans and expert recommendations.

Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting

Federal Emergency Management Agency

This guide provides options for reducing flood damage to homes, including effectiveness and cost information.

Coastal Rating System Green Guide

Association of State Floodplain Managers

The FEMA Community Rating System is a voluntary program for encouraging floodplain management activities above the minimum of the National Flood Insurance Program. The Green Guide helps communities through the process of earning CRS credit.