) is an initiative of the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, Wisconsin Division of Emergency Management (http://emergencymanagement.wi.gov
). Its goal is to keep state residents informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and get them involved in disaster preparedness and response.
Statewide alerts. State agencies make emergency information available through commercial radio and television stations, websites, and other media.
Local alerts. Local emergency agencies have begun sending emergency alerts via reverse 911 telephone calls, text messages, or e-mails.
Cell phone weather alerts.
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) can be sent to newer cell phones in areas affected by a disaster. Alerts will continue to be issued or available on other sources, including radio and television stations, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radios, and via local sirens. For more information, go to http://readywisconsin.wi.gov
and click on “Cell Phone Alert.”
The Division of Emergency Management WEA system also sends evacuation/shelter-in-place directives and other disaster information to cell phones and other mobile devices.
Radiological incidents. Wisconsin has two nuclear power plants, and its residents are in the vicinity of others over the state border. Residents of and businesses in areas near plants should have evacuation information in their telephone directories and directly from the facilities, and local authorities will issue warnings via media and sirens and assist with any required evacuations. The Division of Emergency Management has information on radiological incident ...