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Volunteer Opportunities and Citizen Preparedness

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.

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.
  • Phone and charger or extra batteries.
  • First aid kit and manual.
  • Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper).
  • Matches and waterproof container.
  • Whistle.
  • Extra clothing.
  • Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a can opener.
  • Photocopies of credit and identification 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?

e. Active Shooter

    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.

f.  Standing Ready

g. Be Informed

h. Bomb Threat Training and Checklist

i. Additional Resources:


II. Volunteer Opportunities

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

b. Below are links about volunteering in our city

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

c. 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 (24-hour message line)


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