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How Does OEM...

How Does OEM Prepare for Disasters?

The Milwaukee County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) provides overall guidance in mitigating, preparing for, responding to and recovering from major disasters throughout the County. The Milwaukee County CEMP is updated annually and was approved by the state in late 2017. The CEMP framework guides organizational response during an emergency as well as interagency and communitywide collaboration in the planning and recovery phases.

The CEMP is organized by Emergency Support Functions (ESFs). All or some of these ESFs can be activated during an emergency depending on the disaster size and type. The ESF format mirrors the State and federal plans, enhancing coordination and resource sharing among agencies. 

Download the MC 2017 CEMP


The Milwaukee County 2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan profiles significant hazards to our community and identifies mitigation projects that can reduce their future impacts. The plan promotes sound public policy designed to protect citizens, critical facilities, infrastructure, private property and the environment from natural hazards. The MC Hazard Mitigation plan was approved by Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and adopted by the Milwaukee County Board. This plan covers the County, and the municipalities that have adopted the plan, for the next five years and makes them eligible for FEMA mitigation grants. Has your municipality adopted? 

Download the MC
Hazard Mitigation Plan


How Does OEM Work With Our Communities?

Local Emergency Planning Committee Meetings

Location: UW- Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences

Upcoming Meetings

  • Community Right To Know/Emergency Response Sub-Committees:
    1. August 23, 2018 at 8:30 a.m - 10:30 am
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee:
    1. September 10, 2018 at 8:30 a.m - 12:30 pm.
  • What Is the LEPC?
  • Roles
  • Membership

Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act, each county in Wisconsin is designated as an Emergency Planning District with a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). LEPC membership is broad and includes representatives from: elected state and local officials, emergency management, law enforcement, fire service, local health, emergency medical service, local media, community groups and industry. This means local people are making local decisions about how to plan for, train for and respond to chemical emergencies in your community. The LEPC is the point of contact for the public to receive information on storage/locations of chemicals, types of chemicals and hazards associated with those chemicals. Most people will agree that efforts to protect the public are best handled locally by the people and for the people whom the law was meant to protect. 

Emergency Planning: The LEPC enables communities as a whole to prepare for hazardous chemical releases through emergency planning. This planning also provides information and facilitates training for the first responders who are called upon to protect the public in the event of a chemical accident. Your LEPC can provide you with information on evacuation routes, shelter-in-place procedures and other information you may need to help your family plan for a chemical emergency. 

Community Right-to-Know: The LEPC increases awareness of chemical hazards in your community and allows you and your local government to obtain information about chemical hazards. If you are concerned about the types, amounts or locations of chemicals stored in your community, contact your LEPC.

Pursuant to §59.54(8), Wisconsin Statutes, the Local Emergency Planning Committee is required to have members as specified in 42 USC 11001(c), which shall have powers and duties under 42 USC 11000 to 11050 and under §323.20 and 323.21, Wisconsin Statutes. Superfund Amendments and Re-authorization Act (SARA) Title III (Section 301(c)) requires that the Committee consist of at least one representative from each of the following groups:

  • Elected State and Local Officials 
  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire
  • Emergency Management
  • Public Health
  • Environmental Group
  • Representatives of facilities subject to the EPRCRA requirements
  • Media representative.

Duties and Responsibilities. Pursuant to 42 USC 11000 to 11050 and under §323.20 and §323.21, Wisconsin Statutes, duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • This is an advisory Committee, not a policy making Committee
  • Consult and coordinate with the County Board, the County and local heads of emergency management services, and the Public Safety & Judiciary Committee in the execution of the Local Emergency Planning Commission’s duties

How Does OEM Connect First Responders?

  • Committees

The OEM - Radio Services Division administers and maintains an 800 MHz analog trunked radio system used by Milwaukee County departments and the public safety agencies of 17 Milwaukee County municipalities. The Radio Services Division is also the lead agency for a multi-year capital project to build and implement a new 800 MHz P25 digital radio system.

  • The new digital radio system is called OASIS: Organization of Affiliated Secure Interoperable RF Subsystems. OASIS is a regional radio system providing mission critical and interoperable communications for public safety agencies and first responders in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.
  • The Milwaukee County subsystem of OASIS is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of three Milwaukee County Department Heads and four municipal representatives appointed by the Milwaukee County Executive. The Governance Board is supported by two standing committees, a Technical Committee and an Operations Committee.

OASIS Governance Board

  • Chair: Andy Pederson, Bayside Village Manager
  • Vice Chair: Christine Westrich, OEM Director
  • Secretary: Eric Cera, Hales Corners Police Chief 

Operational Committee

  • Chair: Jay Scharfenberg, West Allis Fire Department Assistant Chief
  • Vice Chair: Michelle Dahlen, Wauwatosa Police Department IT
  • Secretary: Erik Viel, OEM Radio Services Division Director

Technical Committee

  • Chair: Jim Mayer, Northshore Fire Department Battalion Chief
  • Vice Chair: Andy Jensen, St. Francis Fire Department Lieutenant
  • Secretary: Rich Foscato, Bayside Communications IT

How Does OEM Fight the Opioid Epidemic?

EMS providers may or may not be the first responder to an opioid-related drug overdose victim. Law enforcement officers may encounter an overdose patient before medical help arrives and in such case, a properly trained officer can take simple measures in safely administering naloxone, potentially saving a life.

The OEM-EMS Division contracts with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) for medical direction, which extends via memoranda of understanding with the agencies on the right. These agencies have been properly trained to administer naloxone by OEM-EMS. Standard operating procedures have been developed that capture methods to properly identify a person undergoing an opioid-related exposure, subsequent victim distress and how to safely dispense naloxone.

Naloxone (Narcan) Documents for Law Enforcement Officers Tool Kit

Municipal fire departments trained to administer naloxone
Law enforcement agencies trained to administer naloxone


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