Preparedness Resources

Being prepared for emergencies means knowing your risk, making a plan, and building an emergency kit.

To get started, check out the links below:

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Reduce duplication and
maximize outcomes


Develop and maintain effective channels for sharing information


Work together to identify and overcome challenges


Identify common goals and create shared solutions

Emergency Planning

Preparing for emergencies looks different for everyone. Find checklists and guidance below to help you and your loved ones get started.


Businesses should develop comprehensive emergency plans to safeguard employees, assets, and operations during unexpected events.

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Persons With Disabilities:

It is essential to recognize that disabilities can impact people in different ways, some of which may not be visible, making It essential to have a well-thought-out emergency plan.

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Preparing today increases the chances of recovering from emergencies tomorrow for you and your family, regardless of individual needs.

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Older adults may face challenges during emergencies due to mobility, sensory, or cognitive impairments, as well as limited access to support services.

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Disasters can strike anywhere, and it's essential for every member of a family to be prepared.

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Teenagers can contribute to disaster preparedness efforts with their families, educational institutions, and neighborhoods.

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As a cherished member of your family, your pets must be accounted for in your emergency plan.

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Additional Resources

Additional preparedness information can be found at the websites below.


Training & Education

Training and education provide the whole community with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to help people before, during and after disasters. Here are some classes and providers offering classes virtually and in-person:

When community-based organizations such as food pantries, daycares, and non-profits are unable to sustain operations during an emergency, people who rely on them are exponentially impacted. The Organizations Preparing for Emergency Needs (OPEN) training is designed to empower these organizations to better prepare for incidents with ten preparedness actions and guidance on developing disaster response plans.

Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast, and emergency responders aren’t always nearby. You Are the Help Until Help Arrives training teaches people how to save a life by taking simple actions immediately.

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) serves as the national focal point for the development and delivery of emergency management training to enhance the capabilities of federal, state, local, tribal and territorial government officials, volunteer organizations and the public and private sectors to minimize the impact of disasters. Explore Independent Study Courses or resident and field courses.

Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) coordinates free training opportunities facilitated by a variety of providers in communities across Wisconsin. 

Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

This folder provides information on current and past incidents when SEWI COAD took action to assist:

Have Questions?

If you'd like to learn more about joining your local COAD, get in touch with us or call 414-639-4456