Flooding, high winds, severe storms \u2014 all are serious hazards affecting Wilton and neighboring towns. To get a handle on the most serious problems, the Western Connecticut Council of Governments is updating the Hazard Mitigation Plan used by towns in its region. The council is made up of the former Southwestern Regional Planning Agency (SWRPA) and it is managing the multi-jurisdictional plan required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This plan keeps participating municipalities eligible for many types of FEMA funding. Representatives from New Canaan, Weston and Wilton \u2014 including representatives from a variety of Wilton town offices including police, fire, planning, and environmental affairs \u2014 as well as the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Northeast Utilities, and South Norwalk Electric & Water (SNEW) gathered for a four-hour workshop in Wilton on Tuesday, Nov. 18. Also stopping in for a portion of the meeting were First Selectman Bill Brennan, state Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26) and state Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143). Robert Sachnin, a regional planner with the WCCOG, said the focus of Tuesday\u2019s workshop was to \u201cidentify hazards and vulnerabilities\u201d facing the towns and \u201chow to mitigate and safeguard against those hazards.\u201d Public input Part of this effort includes a Natural Hazard Survey that seeks public feedback regarding natural hazards of greatest concern to area residents, including vulnerable locations and potential mitigation opportunities. Survey results will be used to help protect the region against the impacts of extreme weather and climate change, providing emergency responders and key decision makers greater understanding of public perception to natural hazards, including vulnerabilities. \u201cIt\u2019s all connected,\u201d Mr. Sachnin said of the workshop, survey, and other aspects of the plan. \u201cThe survey gives us the opportunity to cast a wider net, to learn things you can\u2019t get at public meetings. \u201cThese are the people who are directly affected by disasters, and it\u2019s important that their voices are heard,\u201d he said. \u201cThe public\u2019s feedback concurrently assists emergency responders, so it\u2019s really a win\/win for the community.\u201d The survey will be available into January online at swrpa.org. The current Hazard Mitigation Plan is also available at swrpa.org. In addition to Wilton, Weston and New Canaan, the other municipalities involved in the plan are Darien, Greenwich, Norwalk, Stamford, and Westport. A draft of the updated plan is expected to be completed next spring.