When an emergency occurs, each state agency carries out its responsibilities independent of other agencies. The activities of state agencies must be closely coordinated if the state is to respond effectively. The purpose of the State Emergency Operations Center is to facilitate that coordination.
Emergency Operations Center Status:
The EOC status is currently Level 5.
24-Hour Duty Officer: 1-800-943-0003
Current Incident Reports
Since August 17, many communities from across the state have been impacted by flooding and tornadoes. Fortunately, Wisconsin is experiencing drier weather which is allowing… Read More
The National Weather Service expects dry conditions for southern Wisconsin for the next few days. This will help many flooded areas. Read Full Incident Report Read More
While the state is getting some relief from recent heavy rainfalls that caused flooding across southern and western Wisconsin, high river levels continue to threaten… Read More
After more than two weeks of heavy rainfall, the state should experience dry conditions into next week. This should help dry out flooded areas and… Read More
Another round of heavy rain hit Southwest, West Central, and Northeast Wisconsin Tuesday night, with up to 6 inches falling in some areas. Heavy rains… Read More
Heavy rains, strong winds, and possible tornadoes could impact western Wisconsin Tuesday. The National Weather Service (NWS) says 2-4 inches of rain will be common,… Read More
Heavy rains continued to move across southern Wisconsin today. Since 8:00 a.m., some areas have received ½ to 1 ½” of rain. Tonight through Tuesday, the heavy… Read More
Flood response activities continued across southern Wisconsin today, as communities continue to address high water in many areas. Read Full Incident Report Read More
Communities across southern Wisconsin continue to respond to flooding, while additional rain in the forecast could add to already swollen rivers. The National Weather Service… Read More
As the Labor Day weekend gets underway, several communities in southern and western Wisconsin continue to deal with flooding. Rain and potentially severe storms in… Read More
The National Weather Service has confirmed an outbreak of 16 tornadoes in east central Wisconsin on Tuesday evening. NWS is reviewing additional locations. Several trees… Read More
Recovery efforts continue in communities across Wisconsin, following recent storms that have caused widespread flooding in many parts of the state and generated at least… Read More
A line of severe weather swept across central and east central Wisconsin Tuesday afternoon, bringing with it heavy rain, strong winds, and possible tornadoes. The… Read More
Torrential rains returned to the state Monday night, dropping 3-6” of rain on parts of Wisconsin in a line stretching east from La Crosse. Some… Read More
More severe weather is expected to impact Wisconsin in the next 24 hours. Severe thunderstorm and flash flood watches have been posted for most of… Read More
Severe storm have been moving across Wisconsin. This evening, there have been flash flood warnings in northwest Wisconsin, tornado warnings for Ozaukee and Washington counties,… Read More
Response efforts continue in Dane County, following torrential rains earlier in the week. There are concerns about rising lake levels in Madison and surrounding communities,… Read More
Response and recovery efforts continue in Dane and Iowa counties, as a result of flooding caused by torrential rains earlier this week. Both counties and… Read More
Dane County has declared a State of Emergency after overnight torrential rains caused widespread flooding. Multiple roads and bridges are closed and evacuations continue this… Read More
Emergency Operations Center Levels
Level 1 Event (Full Activation EOC)
Level 1 is a full activation of the State EOC with WEM, DMA, DHS (Dept. of Health Services), DNR, DOT Highways, State Patrol, DATCP, and DOC having representatives in the EOC. Other state agencies and volunteer organizations will be requested to send representatives to the EOC depending on the nature of the event and the need for additional support to local jurisdictions.
Level 2 Event (Partial Activation EOC)
Level 2 is a partial activation of the State EOC with WEM, DMA, DHS, DNR, DOT Highways, State Patrol, and voluntary organizations having representatives in the EOC.
Level 3 Event (Minimal Activation EOC)
Level 3 event will have minimal activation of the EOC. This activation is intended to actively monitor Severe Weather conditions in the state. Minimal WEM staff will report to the EOC to be able to more effectively monitor weather conditions in the state. At this level of event local units of government are not asking for state assistance or resources. Upon notification that a community has been damaged by severe weather the EOC will go to Level 2 activation.
Level 4 Event (Virtual SEOC Operations)
Level 4 is when the SEOC operates in a virtual environment when monitoring small-scale incidents involving limited geographical areas and/or resource requests. The WEM Duty Officer creates a Wisconsin E-Sponder site for the incident and staff are notified. Staff participate from remote locations and continue to monitor and contribute to the site. Staff maintains communication with affected jurisdictions and coordinates resource requests.
Level 5 Event (Duty Officer System)
The WEM Duty Officer is on call 24 hours a day to receive calls from counties and local jurisdictions relating to emergency situations. A member of WEM management is also on call as the Senior Duty Officer to provide management direction to the Duty Officer when necessary. The WEM Duty Officer and Senior Duty Officer continuously monitor events around the state through frequent contacts with the National Weather Service, DOT, and County Emergency Management offices.
Consideration for Determining Event LevelsThe following factors will be considered in determining the level of the event and subsequent EOC activation.
- Tornado Warnings for multiple counties resulting from a storm system passing through the state.
- Winter storm or blizzard warning
- Predicted rapid and heavy rate of snow fall
- Imminent threat of flash flooding
- Large evacuation
- Shelters opening in response to large evacuations
- Events that cause significant disruption to community activities and affect public safety
- Closure of major portions of the Interstate system or Highway 41
- Potential or actual impacts on critical facilities
- Resource request or need for involvement of multiple state agencies
- Other severe weather factors:
- Number of counties affected
- Population in the affected counties
- Transportation and infrastructure affected
- Ability of staff to respond to State EOC
- Potential for extensive power outages
- Timing of the weather event (i.e. holiday travel, on-going special events, etc.)