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|State and Local Agencies Encourage Residents to Seek Relief from Dangerous Heat|
MADISON – The Department of Health Services (DHS), local health departments, and Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) encourage residents to seek relief from the extreme heat at air conditioned locations in their community. Excessive Heat Warnings are in effect, and the dangerously hot weather we are experiencing is expected to extend over the next few days.
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|Governor Walker Leads State Efforts to Aid Northern Wisconsin Recovery|
Madison – Governor Scott Walker toured northern Wisconsin following torrential rains last week to view damage firsthand and issued a State of Emergency authorizing the use of the Wisconsin National Guard to aid in recovery efforts.
Approximately 25 Wisconsin National Guard members reported to state active duty today to assist local communities in assessing the extent of road damage in parts of northwest Wisconsin. The Guard’s assessment teams are working closely with Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) and the Department of Transportation (WisDOT) engineers to conduct those assessments over the next several days. The Guard assessment teams are comprised of engineers from the 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade’s 724th Battalion, headquartered in Chippewa Falls.
|Beat The Heat: Extremely High Temperatures In The Forecast|
State health and emergency preparedness agencies offer tips to stay healthy and safe
MADISON-State emergency management and health officials are urging everyone to “beat the heat” if you have to be outside or in non-air conditioned homes this week, and to check on older or isolated neighbors who may need assistance. Temperatures are expected to rise to the mid-90s, with heat indexes reaching a potentially dangerous 95-108 degree range.
Heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths in Wisconsin and in the United States. Those who are most at risk are older adults and young children, and people living with chronic or mental health conditions. General heat exhaustion symptoms include fainting, rash, fatigue and nausea. Skin can become clammy and moist, or hot and dry. Heat stroke can come on rapidly and may progress to life-threatening illness within minutes. If heat-related symptoms appear, action should be taken immediately to reduce body temperature. This includes taking a cool shower, bath or sponge bath. Wearing wet clothing also has a cooling effect.
|Northern Wisconsin Flooding Update|
For an update on state, county, local and volunteer response and recovery efforts to the flooding in Northern Wisconsin – Click Here
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|Governor Walker Seeks Federal Damage Assessment for Flood Damage|
Madison—Governor Scott Walker requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct a preliminary damage assessment following torrential rains that caused more than $28 million in damage to roads and bridges in northern Wisconsin.
"Communities throughout northern Wisconsin were hit hard by flooding last week. We are doing everything we can to help them," said Governor Walker. "I saw the damage firsthand and have worked with Wisconsin's federal delegation and my cabinet to provide immediate assistance to the affected communities.”
|Guard engineers assessing northern Wisconsin flood damage|
Approximately 25 Wisconsin National Guard members reported to state active duty today to assist local communities in assessing the extent of the road damage in parts of northwest Wisconsin that were devastated by major floods last week.
Gov. Scott Walker last week declared a state of emergency for eight Wisconsin counties after 8 to 12 inches of rain fell in a matter of hours across the region July 12.
|Governor Walker Directs State Agencies to Assist in Northern Wisconsin Flooding Situation|
Madison – On Tuesday, Governor Scott Walker participated in a storm damage tour to assess the need for assistance in northern Wisconsin following heavy storms in the area, which led to his declaration of a State of Emergency. Governor Walker released the following statement today after his briefing on the situation:
Wisconsin Emergency Management briefed us today about the ongoing flooding situation in northern Wisconsin, and
we continue to gather information from local emergency management staff regarding the severity of the damage so
we can prepare a request for a federal disaster declaration. We are working diligently to ensure services and
resources are made available to all citizens and communities impacted by this event.
|Governor Walker Declares State of Emergency in Response to Damaging Floods in Eight Counties|
EXECUTIVE ORDER #202
Relating to a Proclamation Declaring a State of Emergency in Response to Flooding
WHEREAS, beginning on July 11, 2016, widespread and continuing severe
thunderstorms producing torrential rain, damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes have
forced the evacuation of persons, downed trees and power lines, and caused flash flooding
damaging roads and bridges in the counties of Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron,
Price, Sawyer and Washburn amounting to a natural disaster; and
|Flooding can contaminate wells; private well owners encouraged to check their drinking water|
ASHLAND, Wis. -- Heavy rains such as those that swept through northern Wisconsin in the past several days can create conditions that affect private wells and drinking water.
"If you live in an area that was recently or is currently flooded, your private well may be in danger of contamination from pollutants carried in floodwaters," said Marty Nessman, DNR private water field supervisor with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
|4th of July Holiday - Play It Safe|
(MADISON) – The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate our nation’s birthday with family and friends. It’s also a good time to remember some safety tips during this holiday weekend.
“We all enjoy celebrating the birth of our nation with family and friend,” says Major General Don Dunbar, Adjutant General and Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor. “Cookouts and fireworks are part of the fun for many Americans. However, make sure you’re thinking about safety first when you’re enjoying the day.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 200 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the weeks surrounding the July 4th holiday. Officials say many of the fireworks accidents could have been prevented.
|Public Meeting to Provide Information on Bluff Erosion to Homeowners along Lake Michigan|
Wisconsin Emergency Management is holding an informational meeting with residents and local officials in Mount Pleasant next Tuesday, June 7 to discuss the bluff erosion occurring along Lake Michigan. About a dozen homes are at risk due to rising water levels that are causing portions of the shoreline to collapse.
The State of Wisconsin has been working closely with officials with the Village of Mount Pleasant and
Racine County on the coastal erosion. Federal, state and local officials will discuss possible programs
available at the meeting and offer steps homeowners could take to help protect their properties.
|Governor Walker Releases Video to Encourage Participation In “If You See Something, Say Something ” Campaign|
Madison – Governor Scott Walker joined State Superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction Tony Evers, Major General Donald Dunbar, and Hartland Police Chief Robert Rosch to stress the continued importance of the “If You See Something, Say Something TM” campaign in Wisconsin.
“We all play a role in keeping our communities safe,” Governor Walker said. “The ‘See Something, Say Something’ campaign instructs and empowers Wisconsin citizens to take an active role in protecting our state. We will continue to work with the Department of Homeland Security to protect our state by encouraging all Wisconsinites to pay close attention to their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement.”
The "If You See Something, Say Something ™" campaign is a national safety public awareness action that was launched as a simple and effective program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and violent crime. The state of Wisconsin fully adopted the initiatives in 2012 under the WiWATCH program, to further emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper state authorities and first responders.
WiWATCH provides a portal to educate the public and provide a means to report suspicious activity. For additional information, visit www.wiwatch.org or call 1-877-WI-WATCH.
|Wisconsin Heat Awareness Day - June 9, 2016|
(MADISON) – Heat can kill. Hundreds of people die from extreme heat events each year in the United States. That’s why Governor Scott Walker has declared Thursday, June 9th as Heat Awareness Day. 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 related deaths and illness are preventable,” says Major General Don Dunbar, Adjutant General and Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor. “People need to be aware of who is at greatest risk and what can be done to prevent the loss of life.”
|NOAA Emergency Radios Save Lives|
“Listen, Act and Live!”
(MADISON) – Do you have an emergency weather radio? It could save your life.
May 4, 2016 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).
“The early warning of possible danger gives you and your family time to act and stay safe.” says Brian Satula, Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator. Satula adds, “Listen, Act and Live! Listen to the weather radio warnings and take action right away. You’ll have a much better chance of surviving the disaster.”
|Milwaukee Brewers Weather Day 2016|
ReadyWisconsin once again partnered with the Milwaukee Brewers and TMJ4 for Weather Day at Miller Park! It was a blast! There was a record 13,000 students from southeast Wisconsin that participated. We were fortunate to work with Hank, the Brewer’s Ballpark Pup in spreading the word about the importance of having a pet emergency kit. Some members of the Wisconsin National Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency from Chicago joined us at our science fair booth in providing safety information to all the students, teachers and parents. It was a great day and we look forward to Weather Day 2017!
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|Tornado Safety at Home, Work, or at Play|
Listen, Act, and Live In a home or building, avoid windows. Move to a basement, and get under a sturdy table or the stairs. If a basement is not available, move to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor and cover yourself with towels, blankets or pillows. If possible, get under a sturdy table, desk or counter. Put as many walls as possible between you and the storm. Wearing a bike helmet will help protect your head.
If outdoors, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If you cannot get to shelter, stay in your vehicle with the seatbelt on and place your head below the windows. Do not seek shelter under an overpass.
|Statewide Tornado Drills are a “Go” for Today|
Test Tornado Warnings at 1:45pm and 6:55pm
(Madison) – The National Weather Service says today’s statewide tornado drills are a “Go”.
At 1:00pm, the National Weather Service will issue a statewide test tornado watch and at 1:45pm a statewide test tornado warning. This drill ends at 2pm. A second drill will occur at 6:55pm with another mock tornado warning. There is no risk of severe weather in the state on Thursday.
Many Wisconsin radio and TV stations will participate in the drill. In addition, NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (also known as emergency weather radios) will issue alert messaging. Many outdoor warning sirens across the state will also be activated. This is an ideal opportunity for schools, businesses and families to practice safety procedures for severe weather.
|Reminder: Two Statewide Tornado Drills Thursday|
Drills part of Wisconsin’s Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week
(MADISON) – Wisconsin Emergency Management reminds you that two statewide tornado drills are scheduled for this Thursday, April 14, 2016. The drills are part of the annual spring severe weather campaign to encourage people in Wisconsin to get ready for possible tornadoes and severe weather.
For the first time, a mock tornado warning will be issued at 6:55 p.m. to give families and businesses a chance to test their emergency severe weather plans. Earlier in the day, a mock tornado watch will be issued at 1:00 p.m. and a mock tornado warning will be issued at 1:45 p.m. Many radio and TV stations across the state will issue the test tornado warnings. In addition, mock alerts will be issued on NOAA Weather Radios and many communities will sound their tornado sirens.
|Pilot mapping tool available to help Rock River communities prepare for floods|
MADISON – A new interactive map that forecasts the extent and depths of flood waters is available to help communities along the Rock River prepare for potential flood events.
The Rock River Flood Inundation Mapping tool has been created for five stretches of the Rock River through Dodge, Jefferson, and Rock counties. This tool is part of a pilot program created by the Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Emergency Management, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Army Corps of Engineers and Rock River communities.
“Through this interactive map, residents, business owners, and local officials along the Rock River will get an indication when roadways, streets, buildings or other infrastructure may be impacted by flooding,” said Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Brian Satula. “This will allow them to take appropriate measures to protect their property and mitigate damages.”
|Winter Storm Update|
Cleanup continues following a major winter storm that brought heavy snow and freezing rain to much of Wisconsin in the last 24 hours. A Blizzard Warning was issued on Wednesday afternoon for seven counties in the East Central region. As of 2 p.m., just a few counties mainly along Lake Michigan were under a Winter Storm Warning or Advisory.
|Governor Scott Walker Declares State of Emergency for Winter Storm as Precautionary Measure|
Madison - Governor Scott Walker issued Executive Order #190 today declaring a State of Emergency as a major winter storm begins to impact Wisconsin.
This storm is bringing heavy snow, strong winds, and potential blizzard conditions across the state tonight, Governor Walker said. It may cause dangerous drifting and blowing snow as well as limited visibility on roads and highways, causing treacherous driving conditions. As a precautionary measure, we want to ensure all state resources are available and ready, if needed. We urge all Wisconsinites to be cautious of the weather conditions and remain safe while outside or driving.
The National Weather Service has forecasted up to a foot of snow for central Wisconsin from River Falls to the Green Bay area. Other areas will see lesser amounts of snow. Winds of over 30 miles per hour will cause blowing and drifting snow.
Governor Walker’s State of Emergency calls to active duty elements of the Wisconsin National Guard as deemed necessary by Major General Donald Dunbar to assist local authorities. The declaration also directs all state agencies to assist in any response or recovery efforts.
Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) has been monitoring this storm system and working closely with state agencies, local officials, and the National Weather Service to track the storm and monitor the road conditions. If needed, actions could be taken to close roadways or portions of the interstate.
|Be ReadyWisconsin when you Spring Forward|
(MADISON) – Don’t forget to change your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday as Daylight Saving Time begins. It’s also a great time to change your batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and get other emergency safety items ready for spring storm season.
ReadyWisconsin urges you to check these items and change batteries:
|Governor Scott Walker Attends 49th Annual Governor’s Conference on Emergency Management and Homeland Security|
Appleton – Governor Scott Walker joined Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor and Adjutant General of the Wisconsin National Guard, Major General Donald Dunbar and Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Brian Satula, today at the 49th Annual Governor’s Conference on Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Held at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, over 400 representatives of fire, law enforcement, emergency management, and other first responder agencies were in attendance.
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|Tornado Preparedness for Schools|
Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed the week of April 11-15, 2016 as Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin. During Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week, we are asking that school administrators, safety officers, and faculty take time to go over the procedures needed when severe weather strikes to ensure that staff and students are prepared.
Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually. In 2015, 17 tornadoes were reported in Wisconsin by the National Weather Service (NWS).
|Tornado Preparedness Week Information|
(MADISON) - To give families a chance to test their emergency plans, a statewide tornado drill will be held during the evening of April 14, 2016. The drill is part of the annual spring severe weather campaign to encourage people in Wisconsin to get ready for possible tornadoes and severe weather.
Governor Walker has declared April 11-15, 2016 as Wisconsin’s Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week. Wisconsin Emergency Management, the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) have once again teamed up to sponsor the statewide tornado drill scheduled for Thursday, April 14.
|Leap Year Snowstorm to Hit Wisconsin|
Blowing snow may create difficult travel conditions
(MADISON) – A winter storm is expected to hit most of southern Wisconsin tonight into Tuesday morning that could impact travel west to east along the I-94 corridor to the state line.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for several Wisconsin counties. Forecasters expect 4 to 6 inches of snow with strong northeast winds and gusts up to 30 mph. Travel could be difficult starting tonight with the strong winds creating limited visibility and challenging road conditions through the Tuesday morning commute.
|Winter Storm Warning|
(MADISON) - A major winter storm is expected to hit most of Wisconsin in the next 24 hours that could impact statewide travel. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for many counties as forecasters say some areas could receive up to a foot of snow.
A large mid-section of the state along a line from La Crosse to Marinette County is expected to receive 8 to 12 inches of snow. Lesser amounts are expected in the northwest and southeast corners of Wisconsin. Travel will be difficult starting early Tuesday morning with the initial burst of snow and strong winds creating limited visibility and challenging road conditions.
|Registration Open for the 2016 Governor’s Conference|
Registration is underway for the 49th Annual Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Emergency Management & Homeland Security. The conference will be held at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton March 9-10, 2016. In addition, pre-training classes will be held March 8.
Keynote speakers include Cheryl Michaels, the Associate Director of Safety and Security at Seattle Pacific University. She will discuss lessons learned from the June 5, 2014 shooting in which one student was killed and two others injured. Other topics include Avian Bird Flu Response and Mitigation Efforts in Wisconsin, Boulder, Colorado’s Animal Emergency Rescue Following Catastrophic Flooding, Water Rescue and Recovery, and an update on Cyber Awareness.
Registration for the conference and an agenda is located at https://www.trainingwisconsin.org
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|Bitter Cold Wind Chills Continue|
(MADISON) – Dangerously cold temperatures and frigid wind chills are in the forecast for much of Wisconsin this week. ReadyWisconsin along with the Department of Health Services (DHS) are teaming up to warn people about the bitter weather and precautions you and your family should take to keep safe.
Frostbite can occur on exposed skin in less than 30 minutes. Symptoms include a loss of feeling and
a white or pale appearance in fingers, toes, ear tips and tip of the nose. If you see these signs, seek
medical care immediately!
|Department of Military Affairs helps students prepare for emergencies|
Eleven thousand students across Wisconsin will be better prepared for an emergency, thanks to the STEP program.
STEP, or Student Tools for Emergency Planning, is a turnkey classroom curriculum for teachers
to prepare 5th graders for various emergencies and disasters, including tornadoes, flooding and
storms. The program also shows students how to put together an emergency kit and develop an
|2015 Top 10 Wisconsin Weather Events|
These weather events have been coordinated upon by the Warning Coordination Meteorologists from the National Weather Service offices in Duluth, Green Bay, La Crosse, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. These events are listed in chronological order. Much of the climate related information and maps are from the National Centers for Environmental Information (www.ncei.noaa.gov) and the Midwest Regional Climate Center (mcc.sws.uiuc.edu/).
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