Monthly Archives: December 2015

Disaster Mitigation Plan for River Falls, WI

For my final project in my Mitigation and Preparedness Issues for Emergency Management class, I had to propose a hazard mitigation plan for my community… I got a perfect score on mine 🙂


Executive Summary

Disaster response and recovery cost the state of Wisconsin millions of dollars each year. By utilizing hazard mitigation activities which would help to lessen the impact that these hazards have and thereby reduce costs. Hazard mitigation would also have a positive impact on the community as a whole; allowing the community to be better prepared to respond and recover in the face of a disaster. The purpose of this plan is to identify Wisconsin’s major hazards, complete a risk assessment and vulnerability of area for the potential for each type of hazard, and ultimately recommend any actions deemed necessary to mitigate the occurrences of such hazards (Wisconsin Emergency Management, October 2011).

The Hazard Mitigation plan which follows has been created in order to serve as a foundation for the City of River Falls to follow in order to minimize any impact that potential hazards may have on the community, environment or economy. The plan will also assist in enhancing the public’s hazard mitigation education about preparedness and resilience and will serve to expand the public’s awareness of natural and man-made hazards (Wisconsin Emergency Management, October 2011).

In order to encourage the continued use of the hazard mitigation plan and subsequent implementation of said plan, support will be coordinated amongst federal, state and local authorities as well as non-governmental agencies in regards to enacting hazard mitigation activities in order to improve disaster resistance of the buildings, structures and infrastructure through renovation, expansion, or construction (Wisconsin Emergency Management, October 2011).

The City of River Falls acknowledges that natural and man-made hazards can be a major threat to society, endangering both people and property and with this in mind, will take steps to mitigate the possibilities of such hazards by adopting an all hazards mitigation plan as is required by the federal government in order to secure future funding for any mitigation projects (Holst, Jeffrey A. & Pierce County Board of Supervisors, May 28, 2013).

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Chocolate Italian Cream Cake


1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups white sugar
5 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 cups sifted confectioners sugar
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Dark Chocolate Gifts – Gifts of Health and Happiness

Expert Author Karen LincolnAlthough not a lot of chocolate lovers would care, there are three common kinds of chocolates. There’s the milk, white and dark chocolate. But chocolate is chocolate for a lot of people and they don’t really care what the kind is. The only thing that they know is they’re yummy. Although there are some people that prefer one kind from the others.

Before, milk chocolate can easily claim to be the most preferred kind of chocolate. But nowadays, more and more people are switching to dark chocolate. They’re bittersweet because they don’t contain milk. So a lot of purists prefer them because they’re able to enjoy almost pure chocolate goodness. A lot of people are also falling in love because the bittersweet contrast is a flavor explosion inside their mouths.

Also, more people are switching because more and more people are realizing the benefits of different chocolates. Just like the other kinds of chocolates, they release our body’s endorphins which are our natural “happy pills”. So if you’re feeling down, a bar can instantly make you happy and feel good. Also, a lot of experts are saying that dark chocolates are also full of antioxidants which are very good for the body. You can think of it as red wine that anybody can enjoy.

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