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
Wisconsin Heat Awareness Day
(MADISON) – Heat can kill. That’s why Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the National Weather Service are reminding people of the dangers associated with extreme heat and to promote community safety and health. Heat Awareness Day is Thursday, June 11th.
Summer heat waves have been the biggest weather-related killers in Wisconsin for the past 50 years, far exceeding tornadoes, severe storms and floods combined. Heat is also a major weather-related killer in the United States. People at higher risk of a heat-related illness include:
• Older adults
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FY 2015 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Funding Opportunity
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the opening of the FFY15 application period for the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) programs Friday, May 29, 2015. The Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance and the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance Addendum dated February 27, 2015 applies to this year’s funding for the PDM and FMA programs. The programs are administered by Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM). Both guidance documents are located at http://emergencymanagement.wi.gov/mitigation/programs.asp. Applications are due to Wisconsin Emergency Management via FEMA’s eGrants system no later than July 27, 2015.
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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Corps of Engineers slated to start work on flood-prone areas in Wisconsin
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is working with the Wisconsin Emergency Management, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and county officials to collect information on flood-prone properties located in Columbia County.
Corps survey teams will visit flood-prone properties this spring in Columbia County. The surveyed areas include locations along the Wisconsin River in Portage, Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin towns of Caledonia, Dekorra and Lewiston.
The survey team will gather all necessary data from the road right-of-ways. They will not enter any property or structures. The team will collect information including structure locations, elevations, building use and types to evaluate the effectiveness of potential future flood risk reduction efforts.
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