Wisconsin Emergency Management

Preparedness Month


September marks the ten year anniversary of 9/11. In a public service campaign airing on TV stations across the state, Wisconsin first responders remember those lost in the attacks. To honor them and our first responders, they’re asking all of us to renew our commitment to prepare and plan for emergencies.

“Recent deadly tornadoes in Wisconsin and the wide spread destruction of Hurricane Irene show the importance of being prepared,” says WEM Administrator Brian Satula. “We never know when emergencies and disasters will strike – that’s why it is important to be ready now.”

“Too often people fall victims of a disaster solely because they were not prepared, some prior planning can provide the comfort you need should a disaster strike you, “stated Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls. Nehls is just one of the first responders delivering the preparedness message. “Parents have an obligation to their families to prepare and plan for the various disasters common to Wisconsin.”

“When disaster strikes, the time to prepare has passed,” says Interim Stevens Point Fire Chief Tracey Kujawa. “We are all responsible for what happens to us and need to be self reliant and prepared so we can act in the event of a disaster. Remember.. Preparedness is the antidote to panic.”

Wisconsin’s first responders know that emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere without notice. Households, businesses and organizations should prepare in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities, electricity, or water, without access to a supermarket or local services or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue.

Preparing can start with three important steps:

  • Get an emergency supply kit.
  • Make a plan for what to do in an emergency.
  • Be informed about emergencies that could happen, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.

Sheriff Neals puts it this way, “A few hours of planning and preparation today can save days of pain and heartache when a disaster strikes.”

Meet the First Responders involved in this campaign:

Barneveld Police Officer Brandon Wilhelm

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Stevens Point Fire Chief Tracey Kujawa

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Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls

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Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs

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Brown County Hazmat Engineer David Siegel

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WEM Administrator Brian Satula

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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