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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EM&HS)?

A. The Office of EM&HS is responsible for coordinating emergency planning, disaster preparedness and response training for the City of Milwaukee and our partners in the adjoining five county region known as the Milwaukee Urban Area Security Initiative. Our mission is to create a multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary network of government agencies and community stakeholders in order to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from major disruptive events in order to mitigate the impact on southeastern Wisconsin.

Q. What is the Milwaukee Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)?

A. The UASI is a collaborative public safety effort involving the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha counties. The Milwaukee UASI works with the Office of Justice Assistance and Wisconsin Emergency Management to evaluate the needs of all regional partners and jurisdictions, prioritize those needs and access available funding for initiatives and projects throughout the region.

Q. Who can receive funding from the Milwaukee UASI?

A. Only government agencies located within the five county UASI region can apply for funding and serve as fiscal agents for UASI funds. Nonprofit organizations and private contractors can receive funding through a government agency.

Q. How does an entity apply for UASI funding?

A. The Office of EM&HS receives notification annually from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in December regarding available funding. Shortly thereafter, this office sets out a timeline for accepting proposals and thereafter initiates a decision making process to determine which proposals will be funded. If you are interested in applying for UASI funding please email us

Q. How do I get involved in emergency preparedness on a local level?

A. Getting involved is simple. Just click here (activate link) for some ideas.

Q. Can I get a job with the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security?

A. There are no openings with the Office of EM&HS at this time. All inquiries should be made to the City of Milwaukee Department of Employee Relations (activate link.)

Q. What role does the Office of EM&HS play in Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP)?

A. Each governmental entity in the UASI region should develop a plan for continuity of operations planning (COOP) in the event of a disaster. City of Milwaukee departments may seek guidance in establishing a COOP plan by contacting this office. Other governmental entities (outside of the City of Milwaukee) may seek guidance by contacting their local county emergency management office.

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

Phone: 414-286-5136 (24-hour message line)
Fax: 414-286-5141