August 6, 2015
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Lt. Governor Kleefisch today accepted the 2015 Wisconsin Emergency Response Plan (WERP) during a presentation at the 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field in Madison. The plan provides direction to state agencies in response to disasters and emergencies including new annexes for cyber and catastrophic events.
“This plan brings the best of Wisconsin together while we prepare for the worst things that could happen,” said Lt. Governor Kleefisch. “Wisconsin’s first responders work every minute of the day to protect us. This plan gives them the guidance and training they need to prepare for what may come our way. Along with our other community partners, we can save lives and minimize the damage caused by a disaster and bring a coordinated approach to the recovery.”
Governor Kleefisch today accepted the Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Strategy. The strategy developed by the Wisconsin Homeland Security Council is a road map for providing direction and prioritizing planning and response capabilities in Wisconsin to protect citizens.
“This strategy will ensure our first responders are trained and equipped, our critical infrastructure is secure, and we continue to plan and prepare for emergencies and disasters that may impact our state such as a cyber or agricultural event,” said Lt. Governor Kleefisch. “I’m thankful for the dedication and leadership of the Homeland Security Council and their efforts to continue to protect the citizens of Wisconsin.”
Security council realigns Wisconsin threat priorities (JSOnline.com)
Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor and the 15 member Council is responsible for advising the governor, coordinating state and local prevention and response efforts, and producing periodic reports on the state of homeland security in Wisconsin. The Council works with local, state, federal, and tribal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private industry to improve citizen and community preparedness. The governor is responsible for appointing Council members. Additionally, a member of the governor’s staff is invited to attend and participate at each meeting.
Wisconsin’s HSC was initially created by Executive Order #7 on March 18, 2003 to address the State’s ability to prepare for and respond to threats to Wisconsin’s homeland security. The initial council was set at seven members to include the Wisconsin Homeland Security Advisor, Department of Transportation – Division of Wisconsin State Patrol, Department of Health Services – Division of Public Health, Department of Military Affairs – Wisconsin Emergency Management, Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigations, Department of Administration – Capitol Police, and the Office of Justice Assistance.
The Sheboygan County Division of Public Health has recently released its after-action report and improvement plan on the tuberculosis outbreak which struck the city in the spring and summer of 2013. This document is an excellent illustration of the outstanding work being done by agencies at the local and state levels as they strive to keep the citizens of Wisconsin safe.
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Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor and 13 member Council is responsible for advising the governor, coordinating state and local prevention and response efforts, and producing periodic reports on the state of homeland security in Wisconsin. The Council works with local, state, federal, and tribal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private industry to improve citizen and community preparedness. The governor is responsible for appointing Council members. Additionally, a member of the governor’s staff is invited to attend and participate at each meeting.
In 2011, the Council changed its meeting structure from monthly to quarterly and extended the meeting time to four hours. This longer meeting structure allows the Council to discuss homeland security issues in greater depth. Additionally, the Council created work groups that meet in between regular meetings and focus on strategic goals. Often, officials from non-member agencies and non-governmental organizations attend to gather information about homeland security issues. Additionally, the Council provides an official report to the governor each year during one of its public meetings.