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Critical Infrastructure protection
85% of critical infrastructure is privately owned; protecting critical infrastructure needs to involve a public/private partnership. Building whole community preparedness and resiliency relies on plans and training that are driven by private sector stakeholders (business, nonprofit and community organizations). Their ability to adjust to crises can help get things back to normal faster, and help public safety with response. Homeland security funds have helped:

  • Protect the stateís critical infrastructure through security improvements at dozens of high-risk facilities
  • Foster partnerships with the private sector. These partnerships have helped to improve community resilience by sponsoring joint training in crisis management and other skills, business continuity and recovery planning, and have helped build key relationships within the public safety community
  • Wisconsinís twelve largest cities have received funding and technical assistance to improve their mass evacuation and functional needs sheltering plans
  • Support important planning and training efforts to protect the regionís food and agriculture industries

Community Preparedness

  • The ability of a community to recover from a disaster depends upon how quickly businesses, schools, hospitals, and other community institutions can get operating again. Wisconsin has used Homeland Security funds to develop or participate in several programs that embrace this whole community concept, including:
  • The Wisconsin Emergency Partnership (or WePartner) is a statewide coalition of partnerships, businesses, government, and community organizations working together to protect Wisconsin communities and improve disaster preparedness. The goal of WePartner is to work with local public-private partnerships and statewide organizations to share information, develop resources, and support programs that help the whole community
  • Significant planning for catastrophic incidents such as long-term power outages. Wisconsinís major cities have used funding to improve their mass evacuation and functional needs sheltering plans. Funding has also improved the medical response capabilities in the Milwaukee and Madison metropolitan areas
  • Working closely with local volunteer organizations and emergency managers to create an emergency volunteer registry and provide training in volunteer management. DMA/WEM has been involved in several initiatives to bolster community preparedness and volunteering such as the Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) program and Responding to Emergencies And Disasters with Youth (READY) summer camps
  • The STEP programóa preparedness education project developed by FEMAóreaches Wisconsin students across the state, helping kids prepare for disasters in their homes and teaching them strategies for dealing with various types of emergencies
  • READY summer camps for middle and high school youths provide disaster preparedness exercises, training in skills like first aid and CPR, and information about careers in law enforcement, fire-fighting, medicine, and emergency management