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Citizen Preparedness and Volunteer Opportunities

Citizens as well as government agencies must be prepared to respond to emergencies. By staying prepared, citizens will be ready to act in the case of an emergency. 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 receiving volunteer training can do so in a variety of ways, including accessing the links below.


Citizen Preparedness:

1. Every family or individual should have an Emergency Kit in their home. Read this brochure to learn what you should include in your kit.

2. Milwaukee Health Department Preparedness Brochures

3. In the case of damage or loss from a federally declared disaster, click here for information on Federal Disaster Assistance.

4. Extreme Weather

    Flooding:  What To Do Before/During/After a Flood

Are you in a flood-risk area?

5.  Learn about Wisconsin Emergency Management's role in all stages of the disaster response plan by clicking here.

6. Bomb Threat Training and Checklist

7. Regional Response Team 5: HazMat safety is a priority within emergency management. Wisconsin, along with its Midwest counterparts, has a Regional Response Team "working to efficiently minimize the adverse effects of oil and chemical incidents that affect safety, human health and the environment." This response team is made up of 16 federal agencies and ensures that experienced professionals will be in contact with on-scene authorities in the case of an oil or chemical incident.

8. Businesses of all sizes should prepare for all hazards including severe weather to prevent loss of life, property, or disruption to operations. Some helpful tips are as follows:

9. Additional Resources:

Senior Citizen Preparedness:

Basic emergency preparations are important at any age. Older adults and seniors may need to update their preparations as their needs change. 

What would you or any older adults in your household need in an emergency? Evaluate those needs, include them in your emergency plan and add any necessary items to your emergency supply kit. recommends that older Americans also consider the following measures:

1. Create a network of neighbors, relatives, friends and co-workers to aid you in an emergency. Discuss your needs and make sure everyone knows how to operate necessary equipment. If appropriate, discuss your needs with your employer.

2. Keep specialized items ready, including extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, catheters, medication, food for service animals and any other items you might need.

3. Keep written copies of your prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and orders for medical equipment, including dosage, treatment and allergy information in your emergency kit.

4. Make a list of the type and model numbers of the medical devices you require.

5. Talk with your service provider about their emergency plans if you undergo routine treatments administered by a clinic or hospital or if you receive regular services such as home health care, treatment or transportation. Work with them to identify back-up service providers and incorporate them into your personal support network.

6. Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them, for personal reference. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides an online tool intended to help people locate and access their electronic health records from a variety of sources.

7. Coordinate with friends, family or specialty transportation service providers in the event of a mandatory evacuation.

Don’t get caught unprepared. Join America’s PrepareAthon! and get ready today. Find more information on creating an emergency plan, building an emergency kit, or planning for a specific disaster at or

Active Shooter Preparedness:

  What should you do if you come in contact with an active shooter?

  • An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in attempting to injure people in a confined and populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. All employees can help prevent and prepare for potential active shooter situations. This course provides guidance to individuals, including managers and employees, so that they can prepare to respond to an active shooter situation. This course is not written for law enforcement officers, but for non-law enforcement employees. The material may provide law enforcement officers information on recommended actions for non-law enforcement employees to take should they be confronted with an active shooter situation.

FEMA offers a free online course on what you can do during an active shooter situation.

For more information from the Department of Homeland Security on preparing for the possibility of an active shooter incident, click here.

Whether at the workplace, a college campus, or any other heavily populated venue, everyone should be aware of their surroundings. However, encountering an active shooter is incredibly rare. In fact, you are more likely to be struck by lighting that find yourself in an active shooter situation. Nevertheless, you should still be aware of the proper response to this type of incident so we as a community can stay as safe as possible.


Click on the image above to watch a Good Morning America special on how to survive a mass shooting.

Here are a few more videos providing valuable information on active shooter preparedness:

Volunteer Opportunities:

1. Volunteers are important because they help better our community by taking the time to help those in need.

2. Below are links about volunteering in our city

  • Wisconsin's Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry (WEAVR)
  • Responding to Emergencies and Disasters with Youth (READY)

3. The following links are videos regaurding the importance of having volunteers, and the role of a volunteer in the case of an emergency.

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Contact Us

City Hall
200 E. Wells Street
Room 605
Milwaukee, WI 53202

414-286-5062 (Office Line)

If this is an emergency requiring immediate response, dial 911


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