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.
Please find the full report below:
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.
Please click on the document link below to open and read a copy of the new Wisconsin Homeland Security Strategy. This document has been developed and is being released by the Wisconsin Homeland Security Council. This document contains information on the Homeland Security Priorities in the State of Wisconsin. Each priority has been broken into more tangible goals for which progress can be monitored. Each goal has then been assigned to “a goal champion” which is a state agency which will take on the responsibility of helping make progress on each goal, and thus the overarching priority, and the Strategy as a whole.
Please find the document by clicking on this link below: