Winter Storms

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. Know the Terms Freezing RainRain that freezes when it hits the ground, creating a coating of ice on roads, […]

What to do during a wildfire

If you see a wildfire, call 9-1-1. Don’t assume that someone else has already called. Describe the location of the fire, speak slowly and clearly, and answer any questions asked by the dispatcher. Before the fire approaches your house Evacuate your pets and all family members who are not essential to preparing the home. Anyone […]

Preparing for wildfires

Regular maintenance on your home and property can help prevent the spread of wildfires. You should also contact your local fire department, forestry office, emergency management office or building department for information about local fire laws, building codes, and other protection measures. Be sure to follow local building codes and weed abatement ordinances for structures […]


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. Advance planning and knowing how to protect buildings in these areas can lessen […]


Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour. Every state is at some risk from this hazard. […]


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. Know the Terms Severe Thunderstorm Watch Tells you when and […]

Radiological Threats

Radiological Threats Wisconsin Emergency Management develops plans and conducts exercises to respond to the potential release of materials from three nuclear power plants that are within or near the state’s borders. WEM also works with its partner agencies to assess potential radiological threats and how to respond. Know the TermsIn the event of a radiological […]


Influenza Pandemic An influenza (flu) pandemic is a global outbreak of a new flu virus that can spread easily from person to person. Like the seasonal flu many people experience every year, pandemic flu will probably spread by infected people coughing or sneezing and by touching an infected surface. Unlike seasonal flu, people will have […]

House Fires

House Fires Each year, more than 4,000 Americans die and more than 25,000 are injured in fires, many of which could be prevented. Direct property loss due to fires is estimated at $8.6 billion annually. To protect yourself, it is important to understand the basic characteristics of fire. Fire spreads quickly; there is no time […]

Hazardous Materials

Technological Threats – 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. Wisconsin has […]