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
Be ReadyWisconsin when you Spring Forward
(MADISON) - Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday as we "spring forward’ and set clocks ahead one hour. Daylight Saving Time is also a great time to check the things that keep us safe and ready for emergencies. ReadyWisconsin urges you to check these items: _Smoke Detectors- Nearly 2,700 people die and more than 15,000 are injured each year because of fires that started in their homes. Now is the time to check and replace batteries if needed and make sure the devices around your house are working properly. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that about 16 million homes in the country have smoke alarms that do not work. In most cases, the batteries are dead or missing. This is a great time to put fresh batteries in your smoke detector. You should also replace the entire smoke alarm unit every 8 to 10 years. _Carbon Monoxide Detectors- Just last month, 13 people were overcome by carbon monoxide when a charcoal grill was used inside a home in Trempealeau County. According to the Centers for Disease Control, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States with more than 200 killed each year from overexposure to the gas. Never use gas or charcoal grills inside your home or an unventilated garage. Make sure you have CO Detectors and they are working. Now is also a good time to check and replace batteries in those units. _Emergency Kits- Daylight Savings Time is a perfect time to get a kit and if you already have a kit, check to make sure food and other items are not near or past their expiration dates. You should have supplies to last you and your family for at least three days. Other items like a battery powered or crank radio, flashlights, first aid kit should also be included. _Emergency NOAA Weather Radio- Spring brings the threat of tornadoes and severe weather. Make sure you have an emergency weather radio. It’s like having a tornado siren in your home. When it goes off, go to a safe place. Listen, Act and Live!
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2014 Governor’s Conference on Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Wisconsin Emergency Management 47th Annual Governor's Conference on Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Registration is NOW OPEN for the 47th Annual Governor's Conference on Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The conference will be March 19-20, 2014 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton.
More than 350 people from fire, law enforcement, emergency management, and other first responder agencies are expected to attend this year's event. Presenters at the conference will cover a wide range of topics from the latest on security threats to information on emergency preparedness.
Special guests include Kurt Schwartz. Mr. Schwartz serves as the Undersecretary for Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). He will be discussing the Boston Marathon Bombing. Jesus Villahermosa, Crisis Reality Training, a popular speaker from last year’s conference, will be returning to talk about crisis and violence issues.
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Propane Shortage Update
The entire Midwest is experiencing a propane shortage, including Wisconsin. Because of the shortage, please take the following steps:
*Contact your propane vendor when your tank reaches 30% full. Because of the limited propane supply, propane vendors are not able to fill tanks completely right now. They also need more advance notice on delivering propane to your home since there is a high demand for the heating fuel. If you wait to call until after your tank is below 30%, you may not be able to get propane delivered before your tank runs out.
* Apply for heating assistance, if you have not already. If you have not yet applied for heating assistance, you can contact your county social service office or tribal government. You can also call toll-free 1-866-HEATWIS (432-8947) or visit www.homeenergyplus.wi.gov about where to apply for heating assistance through the WHEAP program. You can also go to readywi.wi.gov for all the official state of WI information regarding the propane shortage