Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM)
WEM efforts are coordinated with local, state, tribal and federal agencies, as well as volunteer and private sector partners. We support 72 Wisconsin counties and bring emergency management services to the state's 5.6 million citizens.
Our central office is located in Madison and we have six regional offices that provide local support.
Emergency Management News
Local, state agencies rehearse disaster response
A major tornado outbreak might be a chance occurrence in Wisconsin, but one with very real repercussions.
The response to the potential damage and threat to life cannot be left to chance. That’s why local and state agencies teamed up July 15-16 for the Tri-County Exercise — a training scenario in which several tornadoes touched down within hours of each other, causing numerous fatalities and major damage to roads, bridges and buildings throughout southeast Wisconsin.
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ReadyWisconsin AmeriCorps Disaster Preparedness Program to Increase Community Resilience
MADISON – Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) is seeking community-minded individuals to serve as part-time or full-time AmeriCorps members in emergency management offices throughout the state from September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2016. AmeriCorps, often referred to as a domestic Peace Corps, places individuals who make a commitment to serving their communities. Members receive a modest living allowance and earn an educational award granted upon the successful completion of their terms of service.
Now in its third year, the ReadyWisconsin AmeriCorps Disaster Preparedness Program aims to increase community emergency readiness by delivering preparedness training to organizations and businesses and by recruiting and training local volunteers who can help with response and recovery activities during disasters.
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LT. Governor Kleefisch accepts WI Homeland Security Strategy
Lt. Governor Kleefisch today accepted the Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Strategy. The strategy developed by the Wisconsin Homeland Security Council is a road map for providing direction and prioritizing planning and response capabilities in Wisconsin to protect citizens.
“This strategy will ensure our first responders are trained and equipped, our critical infrastructure is secure, and we continue to plan and prepare for emergencies and disasters that may impact our state such as a cyber or agricultural event,” said Lt. Governor Kleefisch. “I’m thankful for the dedication and leadership of the Homeland Security Council and their efforts to continue to protect the citizens of Wisconsin.”
The new strategy replaces the document issued in 2012. It contains four priorities which include:
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Be Ready for Wisconsin Tornadoes
Did you know that…
• Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually.
• In 2014, 22 tornadoes were reported in Wisconsin by the National Weather Service. Eighteen of those tornadoes occurred in June. The strongest tornado in 2014 occurred on June 17 when an EF 3 tornado hit Verona in Dane County. At least 30 homes were damaged as well as the Country View Elementary School. The tornado traveled about a mile, had wind speeds of 136 to 165 mph and was on the ground for several minutes. An EF 2 touched down that same night in Platteville in Grant County. Several homes and businesses were damaged including the University of Wisconsin–Platteville.
• In 2013, 16 tornadoes touched down in Wisconsin including six tornadoes during the overnight hours of August 6-7. An EF 2 struck near New London in Waupaca and Outagamie counties injuring two people and caused millions of dollars in damage.
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