Wisconsin Emergency Management

Preparedness Month September Preparedness Month

Don’t Wait. Communicate. September is National Preparedness Month. Wisconsin Emergency Management’s ReadyWisconsin campaign says now is the perfect time to talk to everyone about getting ready for an emergency or disaster.

The most important step you can take today is to make a plan. Everyone should have a plan that includes information on where to go during an emergency and how to communicate with loved ones if separated in a crisis.

This means having an up-to-date contact list for those you may need to reach during a disaster and establishing alternate methods of communication in case traditional means are not available.

Text messages are a great way to communicate. Phone voice service is easily overwhelmed due to the number of calls being placed and may be unavailable in an emergency Cell phone text messages can still get through because they take less band-width to deliver.

Also, calling long distance may be easier than making a local call. Ask a friend or family member to be your “out of town” contact. You can let that contact know you’re ok. That contact can then share that information with your loved ones.

Getting information before, during, and after an emergency can be difficult. One of the best ways to get warnings of impending and current dangers is with a NOAA Weather Radio. These radios will alert you to storms headed your way. Other emergency information is also broadcast using this system. Emergency messages are also delivered directly to your cell phone through Wireless Emergency Alerts. These alerts are free and the software is pre-loaded on most cell phones. Through these alerts you’ll receive a short text message about the pending danger.

Stay Informed: Sign up for ReadyWisconsin’s Facebook or Twitter feeds for the very latest information on emergency situations.

Click here to sign up for ReadyWisconsin on Facebook

Click here to sign up for ReadyWisconsin on Twitter

Make a Plan: Discuss, agree on, and document an emergency plan with those in your care. Work together with neighbors, colleagues, and others to build community resilience.
Click here for a Family Emergency Plan

Build a Kit: Keep enough emergency supplies - water, nonperishable food, first aid, prescriptions, flashlight, and battery-powered radio on hand - for you and those in your care.
Click here for a complete emergency kit checklist

Preparedness Month

Emergency Alerts
Know the Tone: Wireless Emergency Alerts

Over the past year, many Americans have received important and life-saving announcements from new technology that they may know they had: a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA). Our cell phones can now help save lives and keep us safe. You do not need to register to receive WEA notifications. You will automatically receive alerts if you have a WEA-capable phone and your wireless carrier participates in the program.

Emergencies can occur at any time and in any place. Since June 2012, thousands of WEAs have been issued, including alerts that were sent to various areas of Wisconsin for Tornado Warnings. WEAs are free messages sent by local public safety officials and the National Weather Service to warn about imminent life threatening dangers, AMBER Alerts, and national emergencies. The 90-character WEAs use one-way cell broadcast technology to send alerts even if other wireless voice and data services in the area are highly congested.

Click here to see our Public Service Announcement about Wireless Emergency Alerts

Click here for more information on Emergency Alerts

ReadyWisconsin is an initiative of Wisconsin Emergency Management designed to educate and empower Wisconsinites to prepare for
and respond to all kinds of emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

Wisconsin Emergency Management
2400 Wright St.
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: 608.242.3000     Fax: 608.242.3247