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Disaster Management and Recovery

Flooded residential yardsDisasters strike Wisconsin communities every year, sometimes without warning, causing injuries to citizens and widespread destruction of homes, farms and businesses.    Often local officials are both victims of disasters and responsible for helping with disaster recovery.  Planning to reduce the impacts of disasters and acting to speed recovery is a major challenge for local government statewide. 

In addition to information to assist with planning for and responding to natural disasters, this site provides information for addressing other threats to our wellbeing, including food safety, animal disease control, and homeland security issues.  Increasingly, government is being asked to take the lead in keeping the public safe from human caused harm, as well as natural disasters.  This site aims to assist those affected by disasters of any kind with up to date information from around the country.

Photo from the NOAA photo archives.

Free Audiostream Program: Local Government Center's "Emergency Government Overview: Are You Ready?"

This WisLine program originally aired on November 14, 2006. Each local government's chief elected official (county board chair or executive, mayor or city council preesident, village president or town board chair) is the responsible authority in the event of a disaster. Learn what roles the federal, state, county and municipal governments play in responding to and recovering from different types of disasters. Speakers: Rhonda Reynolds, Northwest Regional Director for the Department of Military Affairs, and Jay Shrader, Western Region Partnership for Public Health Preparedness.

Click here to enter the audiostream site, and be prepared to enter the password emergovt when prompted. Before listening to the audio program, access the supporting materials, which can either be read on-screen in a searchable .PDF file, or printed out.

System requirements: You must have RealPlayer or Windows Media Player installed on a Windows or Mac computer, speakers or headphones, and a high-speed Internet connection. Download RealPlayer (click on the "Free Download" button).          Download Windows Media Player

Current and Forecast Conditions for Wisconsin and Beyond

tornado near cityNOAA-IWIN Interactive Weather Data for Wisconsin
Current Weather Conditions for Wisconsin
Wisconsin - Hourly data
Current Watches & Warnings for Wisconsin
Special Weather Statements for Wisconsin
Wisconsin Zone Weather Forecasts
Eau Claire Wisconsin - Intellicast Radar
Green Bay Wisconsin - Intellicast Radar
Chicago Illinois - Intellicast Radar
Des Moines Iowa - Intellicast Radar
USGS Wisconsin Streamflow & Flood State Monitoring (in real time)
Wisconsin - Hydrological forecasts
Texas A&M Severe Weather Watches and Warnings - for all states
Intellicast - USA
The Weather Channel
NWS Internet Weather Source
National Weather Service Interactive Weather Information
National Observed Fire Danger Map (current conditions) - U.S. Forest Service
National Weather Service - Duluth - Interactive Fire Weather Forecast

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Internet Resources

Files in PDF format may be viewed and printed using Adobe Acrobat. You must have this program installed on your computer. A copy of this program is available free from Adobe.   Adobe Reader icon

The Local Government Center assumes no responsibility for the content of Internet web sites linked to this site.


American Red Cross - Disaster Services - Guide
American Red Cross - Capital Area Chapter (Florida)
Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance
NASA Disaster Finder
Environmental & Societal Impacts Group
David Baldwin's Trauma Information - comprehensive disaster links

Wisconsin Resources

Wisconsin Emergency Management - State of Wisconsin, Department of Military Affairs
American Red Cross Chapter Locator - type in your ZIP Code
American Red Cross Badger Chapter - serving Dane, Lafayette, and Iowa Counties and the Lake Mills area
FEMA - Region V
U.S. EPA Region V

Cooperative Extension and Other University Resources

Extension Disaster Education Network logo EDEN,  the Extension Disaster Education Network, gathers together disaster resources from Extension Services in many states at one web site.

Auburn University (Alabama CES) - Disaster Preparedness
Colorado State University Extension Disaster Web Sites
University of Florida - The Disaster Handbook - 1998 National Edition
University of Idaho Disaster Resources
University of Illinois CES Disaster Resources
Iowa State University - Extension Disaster Recovery Publications
Kansas State University Flood Survival and Recovery Fact Sheets
Michigan State University Home Maintenance and Repair
University of Minnesota - Weathering Winter
Mississippi State University - Weather Related Disaster Recovery Information

University of Missouri - Flood Information
North Carolina State University - Disaster Response Information
North Dakota State University Extension and Research Disaster Resources
Oklahoma State University - 1998 Oklahoma Drought Information
University of Wisconsin-Extension Disaster Handbook for Extension Agents (Entire Handbook - 1 MB PDF file) - designed to help county Extension agents provide immediate assistance and information before and after natural disasters. The handbook is also available in individual chapter form.
Virginia Cooperative Extension Disaster Publications


Online Guide to Meteorology-University of Illinois
UM Weather - includes connections to over 300 weather sites
UM Weather Weather Cams - semi-live pictures of weather in cities and resorts around the U.S.
University of Massachusetts-Lowell WeatherLinks
NOAA Storm Prediction Center
NOAA El Nino Information
El Nino -- ENSO -- El Niño

Disaster Preparedness

American Civil Defense Association
American Red Cross - Disaster Services - Be Prepared
American Red Cross - Disaster Services - Individual and Family Disaster Planning
National Emergency Management Association
Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Association (DERA)
NOAA - Storm Ready


Coping With Floods - Information For Dealing With Floods - North Dakota State Univ.
Flash Floods & Floods - A NOAA Preparedness Guide
FEMA - National Flood Insurance Program
Flood & Flash Floods - American Red Cross


Fire and Emergency Management
U.S. Forest Service Eastern Area Coordination Center
Firewise - for people who live, vacation, or own vacation homes in fire-prone areas of North America
Wildfire - American Red Cross


The Tornado Project Online
Tornado - American Red Cross


Puget Sound Landslides
Landslide and Debris Flow (Mudslide) - American Red Cross


Severe Thunderstorm - American Red Cross


NOAA Drought Information Center
Drought Monitor: Current Conditions
Drought Mitigation Information and Water News
Drought: Fact Sheet on Water Conservation - American Red Cross


Heatwaves - American Red Cross


Earthquake Engineering Research Center
Earthquake - American Red Cross


USA Today Guide to hurricane information
The Caribbean Hurricane Page - Local Reports on Tropical Systems threatening the Caribbean Islands
Colorado State University - Tropical Meteorology
International Hurricane Center - A State of Florida University System at Florida International University
Hurricane - American Red Cross

Chemical Emergencies

Chemical Emergencies - Red Cross

Biological Threats

Anthrax Information and Suggested Precautions - North Dakota State University Extension
Anthrax - Centers for Disease Control
Center For Disease Control's PDF Files on Anthrax - Planet PDF
Ready to Respond - University of Minnesota Extension Resources for Bioterrorism and Agroterrorism
PBS Frontline: Plague War - Public Broadcasting System (1998)

Winter Storms

American Red Cross - Disaster Services - Winter Storms
University of Minnesota - Weathering Winter

Disaster Mitigation

Natural Disaster Reference Database - research, programs, results using remote sensing for disaster mitigation
Subcommittee on Natural Disaster Reduction - National Science & Technology Council
Network of State Hazard Mitigation Officers (NHMO)
Association of State Floodplain Managers
Institute for Business & Home Safety

Emergency Response

American Rescue Team International - ARTI
RESCUE - Training Resource and Guide
FEMA - Urban Search & Rescue Response System


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
USDA Farm Service Agency Disaster Assistance
National Hazards Center (University of Colorado-Boulder)
Mennonite Disaster Service
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Action Without Borders

People and Trauma

David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages
Psychosocial Issues for Children and Families in Disasters
University of South Dakota Disaster Mental Health Institute
National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Disaster Response & Recovery: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals - National Center for PTSD
Australasian Journal of Disaster & Trauma Studies - Massey University, New Zealand
Disaster Mental Health - John D. Weaver
Green Cross Projects
Learn CPR


Resources-Helping Children & Families Cope With Terrorism & Disaster - University of Missouri
Restoring Hope in the Wake of Terrorism - University of Minnesota Extension
Resources for Young People & Families - University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension
Resources to Respond to the Tragedy of September 11, 2001 - North Carolina State Univ. Cooperative Extension
Terrorism and Children


American Red Cross - Disaster Services - Animal Safety - Pets and Disasters: Get Prepared
Animal Management in Disasters
United Animal Nations - Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS)

Additional References

The Chemical Reactivity Worksheet
Disaster Finder
Disaster Recovery Journal
Disaster Research Center at The University of Delaware
Environmental & Societal Impacts Group - National Center for Atmospheric Research
RESCUE - Training Resource and Guide
The Fire Station
National Agricultural Risk Education Library - Univ. of Minnesota Center for Farm Financial Management
National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health - NIOSH
Natural Disaster Reference Database
Natural Hazards Center - University of Colorado, Boulder
Missouri River InfoLink
TORRO The Tornado and Storm Research Organisation
University of Wisconsin-Disaster Management Center
US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
FEMA Disasters of This Year
US Fire Administration - FEMA
US Occupational Safety and Health Administration - OSHA

If you have any questions or comments about the Disaster Management and Recovery web page, e-mail Cheryl Skjolass (

This page last modified: November 26, 2014 .

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