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
Weather Day at Miller Park is a STEP above
As 8,000 screaming fans filed into Miller Park Wednesday morning, they could see the Milwaukee Brewers Famous Racing Sausages on the field, smell the fresh green grass and hear the music pulsing through the stadium. But these were no ordinary fans — they were all students and teachers from southeastern Wisconsin attending Weather Day at Miller Park.
Weather Day provides students an opportunity to learn about seasons, precipitation, climates and storms in a fun environment. Participants are divided into two teams, and questions were asked on the jumbo screen, along with videos and demonstrations on the field. The event was sponsored by the Milwaukee Brewers and WTMJ-TV, whose meteorologists were the hosts.
“This is pretty cool,” said student Annie Bartosz from Hartland, Wis. “My team has been getting a lot right!”
Wisconsin Emergency Management introduced the STEP Program at this year’s Weather Day, which stands for Student Tools for Emergency Planning. STEP is designed to teach students how to prepare for various emergencies including tornadoes, flooding and storms and encourages them to share information with their families and to develop their own family emergency plan.
The STEP program has held events at 150 schools across the state this year.
Tod Pritchard of Wisconsin Emergency Management answers a question during Weather Day at Miller Park. Wisconsin Emergency Management, part of the state Department of Military Affairs, interacted with hundreds of children April 2 at Miller Park in Milwaukee for Weather Day, a program designed to educate youth about weather hazards and how to be prepared in the event of a weather emergency. Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs photo by Kelly Bradley
Wisconsin’s Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week
(MADISON) – Listen, Act and Live! Those words could protect you and your family during severe storm season. Listening to warnings and seeking shelter immediately will save lives. That’s why Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM), ReadyWisconsin, the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) have teamed up for Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week April 21-25, 2014.
Did you know that…
• Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually.
• In 2013, 16 tornadoes touched down in Wisconsin including six during the night and early morning hours of August 6-7 when an EF2 struck near New London in Waupaca and Outagamie counties. That tornado injured two residents and caused millions of dollars in damage.
• In 2012, only 4 tornadoes were reported in Wisconsin by the NWS. The strongest tornado hit near Patch Grove in Grant County on September 4. No fatalities or injuries were reported.
• In 2011, 38 tornadoes in Wisconsin were confirmed by the NWS, the fourth highest number on record. On August 19, a man was killed when a tornado with winds of 105 mph struck Marinette County.
• The peak tornado season in Wisconsin is April to August, but tornadoes can occur any time of year, like the January 7, 2008 storms near Kenosha.
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FEMA Awards $238,112 Grant to Bayfield County
CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today released $238,112 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to Bayfield County, Wis., for the construction of a safe room at the Bayfield County Fairgrounds in Iron River.
"The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program enables communities to implement critical mitigation measures to reduce the risk of loss of life and property," said Andrew Velasquez III, regional administrator, FEMA Region V. "The construction of this safe room will protect the lives of vulnerable citizens by providing a secure location to seek shelter from tornados and other high wind events."
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