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
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.
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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.
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.”
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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.
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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.”
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