Wisconsin faces a wide range of threats, both natural and man-made. It’s important to be aware of the potential disasters that could strike the areas where you live or visit, along with how you can find emergency information when a threat is present.

Cyber crime — With the increased reliance on computers and other online technology in many aspects of our lives, it’s important to be prepared to combat cybercriminals. Learn how to protect the personal information and finances of yourself and your family members. Read more…

Drought — Periods of drought occur when rainfall is lower than average for an extended period of time. Drought can affect many aspects of public health, including the water you drink and air you breath. Learn how to take steps to protect your health and conserve water during a drought. Read more…

Flooding — Flooding is one of the most common weather-related disasters faced by many areas in Wisconsin. Water levels often rise after the snow melts, during spring rains, and following heavy thunderstorms. Learn how to protect your family and property. Read more…

Hazardous Materials — Wisconsin faces several potential dangers due to the presence of hazardous materials at sites across the state. While numerous safety measures are in place and checked regularly, it’s still important to be aware of their presence and how to stay safe in the event of an accidental release. Read more…

Extreme heat — Extreme heat can be deadly and is responsible for numerous illnesses in Wisconsin every year. Learn how to keep yourself safe when temperatures soar and humidity levels rise. Read more…

House fires — Each year, household fires cause nearly 3,000 deaths and more than 12,000 injuries nationwide. Many residential fire-related deaths can be prevented through planning and proper response. Learn the critical steps to prepare and keep your family safe. Read more…

Influenza pandemic — Every year, thousands of people nationwide test positive for influenza. A pandemic could see millions of people infected. Learn what steps you can take to prepare for a global outbreak and to protect yourself and your family if one were to occur. Read more…

Radiological threats — Wisconsin Emergency Management develops plans and conducts exercises to respond to the potential release of materials from two nuclear power plants that are within or near the state’s borders. Learn more about radiological safety measures. Read more…

Thunderstorms — All thunderstorms are dangerous because they can produce strong winds, lightning, tornadoes, hail and flash flooding. Because they are so common though, many people often become complacent and fail to take safety precautions. Learn more about staying safe when you face a threatening storm. Read more…

Tornado — Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. They can appear without warning and can be invisible until dust and debris are picked up or a funnel cloud appears. Planning and practicing specifically how and where you take shelter can mean the difference between life and death. Read more…

Wildfire — When conditions are dry, wildfires can threaten many of the state’s woodland and natural areas. It’s important to learn how you can help prevent these devastating blazes that can consume thousands of acres of habitat, destroy homes, and put lives at risk. Read more…

Winter storms — Severe winter weather can bring a wide range of threats with it, including heavy snow, ice, and frigid cold temperatures. Preparation and good decision making are critical to staying safe when winter weather strikes. Read more…