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
Governor Scott Walker Announces Plans to Secure Fuel Infrastructure
Madison—Two state agencies recently announced an initiative to ensure petroleum supplies are available in the event of severe natural disasters. Wisconsin Emergency Management and the Department of Administration will provide assistance to petroleum marketers and municipal and county fleet operations in small wiring projects that enable the facility to accept a generator in an emergency.
“This project has a goal of getting one or two fueling facilities in every county wired for emergency generators, so there is a reliable source of fuel in the event of widespread power outages,” said Governor Scott Walker. “We are partnering with the private sector on this important infrastructure investment to provide efficient and effective fuel security all across our state.”
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Testing Wisconsin’s Emergency Communications - “SIMCOM-Vital Connection 2015” in Winnebago County
(Oshkosh) – Communications are critical during a disaster. Getting information and data to the right people at the right time can save lives. That’s why the Wisconsin National Guard along with Wisconsin Emergency Management, Winnebago County Emergency Management and Sheriff’s Office hosted a multi-agency communications exercise.
State Interoperable Mobile Communications Exercise or "SIMCOM-Vital Connection 2015" was held May 5-7 at the Sunnyview Expo Center in Oshkosh. The exercise tested Mobile Emergency Communications from more than 30 federal, state, tribal, local governments and volunteer agencies. The goal is to develop relationships and understand the capabilities of other agencies and their equipment before they are needed in a real emergency. Specific operations being tested this year include data sharing, radio frequency bridging and patching, and network failures.
“Testing communication interoperability capabilities with outside resources before an actual disaster event occurs is critical to ensure the highest level of response,” said Linda Kollmann, Winnebago County Emergency Management Director.
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NOAA Emergency Radios Save Lives - "Listen, Act and Live!"
(MADISON) – The recent tornadoes in Illinois remind us that it is time to prepare for possible tornadoes here in Wisconsin.
May 6, 2015 is NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Awareness Day. The campaign encourages Wisconsin residents to own a NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio, a 24-hour source of weather forecasts, watches, warnings, and non-weather emergency information provided by the National Weather Service and its parent agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“NOAA All Hazards Weather Radios save lives”, says Brian Satula, Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator. “The early warning of possible danger gives you and your family time to act and stay safe.” Satula adds this reminder, “Listen, Act and Live! Listen to the weather radio warnings and take action right away. You’ll have a much better chance of surviving disaster.”
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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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