Disasters strike Wisconsin communities every year, sometimes without warning, causing injuries to citizens and widespread destruction of homes, farms and businesses. Often local officials are both victims of disasters and responsible for helping with disaster recovery. Planning to reduce the impacts of disasters and acting to speed recovery is a major challenge for local government statewide.
In addition to information to assist with planning for and responding to natural disasters, this site provides information for addressing other threats to our wellbeing, including food safety, animal disease control, and homeland security issues. Increasingly, government is being asked to take the lead in keeping the public safe from human caused harm, as well as natural disasters. This site aims to assist those affected by disasters of any kind with up to date information from around the country.
The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection works cooperatively with local agriculture officials, including the USDA Farm Service Agency and the UW Extension to determine agricultural losses as well as identify programs to support farmers when a disaster occurs. DATCP is the lead agency for Emergency Support Function 11 - Agriculture and Natural Resources, and as such, coordinates responses with the agricultural industry, volunteer organizations and other governmental units to ensure that agriculture needs are met during and after an emergency.