Volunteer Opportunities and Citizen Preparedness
Citizens as well as government agencies must be prepared to respond to emergencies. The Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), comprised of five counties (Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee and Racine) and the City of Milwaukee, assists in planning for the training and mobilization of volunteers. Citizens interested in becoming better prepared or recieving volunteer training can do so in a variety of ways, including accessing the links below.
I. Citizen Preparedness:
a. Basic Emergency Supplies Kit
• Three-day supply of non-perishable food.
• Three-day supply of water – a gallon of water per person per day.
• Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries.
• Flashlight and extra batteries.
• First aid kit and manual.
• Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper).
• Matches and waterproof container.
• Extra clothing.
• Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a can opener.
• Photocopies of credit and identifi cation cards.
• Cash and coins.
• Special needs (medications, eye glasses & hearing aid batteries.)
• Items for infants (diapers, bottles, and pacificers.)
• Other items to meet your unique family needs.
b. Milwaukee Health Department Preparedness Brochures
c. Disaster Assistance
d. Extreme Weather
Flooding: What To Do Before/During/After a Flood
Are you in a flood-risk area?
• Federal Emergency Management Agency
• Wisconsin Emergency Management
• How to Protect Yourself from Natural Disaster
• Current Weather Conditions
e. Additional Resources:
• FEMA Ready Campaign
• FEMA National Incident Management System Training & Courses
• FEMA National Training Program
• Department of Homeland Security
II. Volunteer Opportunities
• Citizens & Organizations Active in Disasters
• Wisconsin's Emergency Volunteer Initiative
• Responding to Emergencies and Disaters with Youth (WI)