The 2015 Wisconsin Homeland Security Council is pleased to present the 2015 Annual Report on Wisconsin Homeland Security. In the last year, the State of Wisconsin has encountered a variety of challenges requiring preparedness, awareness, and prompt, efficient response. In each case, the government systems and infrastructure in place have responded in professional, proactive, and positive ways. This report documents the coordination and collaboration of state government and local, tribal, and federal partners to meet these challenges as they arose. Among the challenges faced by the State of Wisconsin were the outbreak of avian influenza in specific communities, the response to potential dangers surrounding the shipment of Bakken Crude Oil across the state, a critical shortage of natural gas affecting nearly all communities, and preparation in response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa. This report details the ways in which member agencies of the Wisconsin Homeland Security Council addressed these emerging issues and continued to respond to ongoing threats to homeland security. This report provides an overview of new and continuing efforts of the Wisconsin Homeland Security Council, state agencies, federal, tribal, local partners, and private and public entities to maintain and improve homeland security, public health, and emergency management in the State of Wisconsin.
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.”
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:
The Wisconsin Homeland Security Council is pleased to present the 2014 Annual Report on Wisconsin Homeland Security as well as the Final Report on the Council as required under Section 14.019 of the Wisconsin Statutes. In the last twelve months, the State of Wisconsin has faced a variety of hazards. These challenges have been addressed in a professional, proactive, and positive manner by Wisconsin’s public safety and first responder community. This Report highlights the coordinated and collaborative efforts occurring across state government with local, tribal, and federal partners to prepare for and respond to all hazards in Wisconsin. The Report summarizes new and ongoing efforts of the Council, state agencies, federal, tribal, and local partners as well as members of the public and private sectors to improve homeland security, public health, and emergency management within Wisconsin. Some examples include the advance preparation for potential Wisconsin outbreaks of the MERS-CoV and Ebola viruses, practical measures on the extreme cold during the winter of 2013/14 and the associated propane shortage, and the emphasis on cyber security awareness training for all state employees. Further, the Report provides an overview of the state and federal homeland security funding process.
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.