Locusts aren't mentioned, but just about anything else that could cause calamity in Dane County is included in a new plan to make sure we're ready for weather extremes.
The Climate Change Action Council, the first of its kind in Wisconsin, was announced Wednesday by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.
The council will make recommendations for changes or additional resources the county or public safety agencies need to be better prepared with changing climate that has taxed the capacity to respond.
"We want to know areas where we are ready, areas where we may need to make some operational changes, and whether we have the right resources, should our communities and citizens be afflicted by the unfortunate new norm of severe weather," Parisi said in a prepared statement.
The council will draw people from just about every county agency, with climate change outreach specialist David Liebl from UW Extension facilitating the council's first meetings.
The work plan for the council will start in April, looking at building climate awareness. Then, it plans to do an assessment of the vulnerability of county operations, what can be done to improve climate resiliency and develop strategies.
"Whether it's flooding rains that damage homes and cover roads and bridges, or severe droughts and heat waves that result in millions of dollars in crop losses to our agricultural economy, I want to make sure that county government is ready with contingencies to respond and be helpful as these situations arise," Parisi said.