Emergency Preparedness

The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department Emergency Preparedness Program focuses on preparing for and responding to events that pose a substantial risk to the health of Ozaukee and Washington Counties residents. The program supports and enhances the capacity of the health care system to prepare for public health threats and emergencies through planning, exercising, responding, and training. We work closely with many partners including Emergency Management, Human Services, hospitals, clinics, law enforcement agencies, fire/EMS, schools, faith based organizations, businesses, non-profit agencies, and many more.

Extreme Wisconsin Weather

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Steps to Preparedness
Are you ready for an emergency or disaster?
Washington Ozaukee Health Department wants to ensure you are informed and prepared for emergencies.  It is important that all residents are prepared to be on their own for minimum of 72 hours during a disaster.   

What is the role of the public? 
  • Set up a communication tree for home and work.
  • Have a family emergency plan, discuss the plan and practice it. 
  • Have a prearranged meeting place and discuss when to use it. 
  • Check on neighbors, especially the elderly and those with a disability.
  • Have a portable radio and batteries handy. 
  • Observe your environment and report suspicious activities to law enforcement.
  • Locate stairways and emergency exits and be aware of plans for evacuating buildings and crowded public areas.
  • Locate and maintain fire extinguishers and train responsible personnel how to use them. 
  • Obtain training in first aid and CPR. 
  • Assemble and maintain emergency supply kit.
Be Informed
Get a Kit
  • Ready Wisconsin - Get a Kit
  • Home – Keep this kit in a designated spot. Have it ready for sheltering in place and also to take with you if you must evacuate.
  • Work – Try a back pack. Grab and Go. 
  • Vehicle – In case you are stranded, keep emergency supplies in your car.
Get Involved
  • Check on neighbors. Remember those that may live alone, are elderly, have young children or have special health care needs.
  • Take a first aid class so you can help until first responders arrive. 
  • If You See Something, Say Something - For additional information, visit www.wiwatch.org or call 1-877-WI-WATCH. 
  • Interested in helping out in an emergency?
    Register with the Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry (WEAVR) today.
    Go to https://weavrwi.org/ for more information and registration details.
Make a Plan
  • Ready Wisconsin - Make a Plan
  • Create a plan to protect yourself and your family
  • Establish a meeting place in the event an emergency separates you from your loved ones
  • Develop a family communication plan. Complete a contact card for each family member. 
  • Remember to have a local contact and an out of area contact.
  • Don’t forget your pets.
  • Practice your plans.
Active Shooter
Run Hide Fight-Surviving an Active Shooter Event Video
Active Shooter Pocket Card: information on how to respond in a situation, coping and characteristics of an active shooter.
Active Shooter Event Quick Reference Guide: brochure that highlights the best responses.

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Episode 1:
Meet "Disaster" and "Preparedness"

Episode 2:
Keep Mayhem to a Minimum

Episode 3:
It's Not Rocket Science

Episode 4:
Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Episode 5:
Don't Let Disaster Have the Last Word?

Episode 6:
What's Your Next Move?