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Sheriff's Office


Emergency Management

Get Information, Be Informed, Get Ready!


For Families


Being prepared for any type of event or emergency is always a good idea.  Educating your family members and making sure everyone is on the same page can be a chore; let us help you make this process easier by pointing you in the right direction.  With so many resources available to you on the internet, where is the best place to start? We suggest that you start by:


  • Storing and protecting your important documents
  • Building an Emergency Kit
  • Creating an Emergency Communication Plan, and
  • Talking as a family about evacuation plans

Store and protect your important documents

It is important to have documents such as birth certificates, passports, insurance policies, and such in a dry and safe place, like a high shelf or in water-tight bags; consider digitizing documents when feasible.


Build an Emergency Kit

A kit typically includes all the basic items your household needs to survive.  A helpful list of items is provided at ready.gov for you.

>>Build Your Kit Now<<

Create an Emergency Communication Plan

Create a family communication plan by visiting the ready.gov website and utilizing their “Make a Plan” tool.  This form can be saved electronically or printed for easy reference.

>>Start Your Plan Today<<

Talk as a family about evacuation plans

Having a plan before an event happens can ease stress on all family members.  Identify and discuss meeting spot locations and find a place accessible by all for your emergency kit to be stored.  Ready.gov has some useful fire evacuation tips.

>>Create your Evacuation Plan<<

For Businesses

Businesses can potentially face a number of hazards, all of which need to have a specific plan.  These hazards include (but are not limited to):

  • Natural Hazards (floods, tornadoes)
  • Health Hazards (serious illnesses, pandemics)
  • Human-Related Hazards (accidents, violence)
  • Technology-Related Hazards (power outages)


To learn what you can do as a business leader, visit ready.gov’s business portal to download toolkits and other resources.


Local Governments

All Wisconsin cities, villages, and towns are required to adopt an emergency plan and designate an emergency manager [WI § 323.14(1)3.(b)]. The municipal emergency manager is responsible for directing local training and emergency management programs and exercises, directing participation in emergency management programs and exercises, advising county emergency management on local emergency management programs, and submitting to county emergency management any reports they require [WI § 323.15(1)(c)].


Need Help?

Contact the Emergency Management Office Monday – Friday from 8:00 – 4:30p at 608-789-4811.