Building Whole Community Resiliency

Well prepared businesses help build resilient communities

Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) is here as a resource to help build the resilience of your business, which in turn can help strengthen your community.

Ice storms, severe storms, tornadoes, floods, pandemics, active shooters, dam/levee failures, and hazardous-materials incidents are all disasters Wisconsin businesses have encountered. Is your business ready for the next disaster?

If you are not sure where to start and are curious as to what other businesses like yours have done to prepare, consider joining a Public-Private Partnership Program (P3).

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s)

Benefits of joining a P3

  • Business continuity plan
  • Protect your business
  • Helps meet legal requirements (OSHA section 5(a)(1))
  • Free P3 Summits
  • Free Exercises, Workshops, and webinars
  • Networking opportunities with private and public sector partners
  • Situational awareness and P3/BEOC news bulletins

There are different P3s that may be accepting members and a business can be a member of multiple P3s.

  • WEM’s P3 called the BEOC is free to any business, non-profit organization, religious organization, P3, and association
  • There are region specific P3s which can be formal with a charter or more informal
  • There are sector specific P3s * ( Example: Many of Wisconsin’s electric utilities are part of a P3 with the Department of Military Affairs)

How to join

Contact the Wisconsin Community Preparedness Coordinator ( laura.reinke@wisconsin.gov) who can help you apply to the BEOC (additional BEOC information below) or refer you to regional or sector specific P3s if available.

Additional Information on P3s

If you would like more information on P3s and examples on how P3s have been used nationally please check out the FEMA guide  Building Private-Public Partnerships.

Business Emergency Operation Center

What is the BEOC and how does it work

During an disaster, the BEOC works with emergency management to help identify and access resources (food, water, fuel, cleaning supplies, financial resources, medications, etc. ) to assist with disaster response and recovery.

BEOC members share information with emergency management and other members on damages, supply chain interruptions, security needs, and other issues that help them prioritize response efforts. By having a direct line of communication with emergency management, BEOC members can help ensure that their needs are addressed, and that they have the information needed to make sound decisions.

Options on how to become a member of the BEOC:

How to become a BEOC Liaison:

If you are interested in Incident Command Systems/National Incident Management Systems there is also an opportunity to become a Private Sector BEOC Liaison and serve in the BEOC, either virtually or within the SEOC, as the conduit between the SEOC and the business community throughout the state during times of disaster.

  • Be a subject matter expert
  • Submit an application form
    * Contact Wisconsin’s Community Preparedness Coordinator
  • A three-year commitment
  • Take classes:
    * Attend the Wisconsin State EOC Liaison course (6 hours in person at WEM)
    * IS100a. Incident Command System (independent online study course through FEMA)
    * IS230a. Fundamentals of Emergency Management (independent online study course through FEMA)
    * IS662 Improving Preparedness and Resilience through Public-Private Partnerships (independent online study course through FEMA)
    * Introduction to WebEOC
  • Either in-person in the SEOC or virtually present during a disaster activation

We consider any business to join the BEOC an asset; however, businesses that specialize in the following categories are considered ‘community lifeline’ businesses and are highly encouraged to join:

  • Food, Water, and Sheltering
  • Energy
  • Health and Medical
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Communications
  • Transportation

P3 and BEOC Contact Information

Community Preparedness Coordinator

Phone: 608-242-3238 

Email: WEMPPP@wisconsin.gov or laura.reinke@wisconsin.gov

Upcoming Events

Any questions please contact  WEMPPP@wisconsin.gov or  laura.reinke@wisconsin.gov . Final dates will be updated when determined. Additional activities will be added as scheduled.

May 3-4, 2022 – Full DARES Scale Exercise

May 10, 2022 – Full Sale Exercise Phase #4 (short term recovery)

May 12, 2022 – Full Scale Exercise Phase #5 (long term recovery)

End of May – AAR for BEOC DARES

Other Resources

Other organizations:

Wisconsin Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WI VOAD) is a nonprofit organization comprised of various other non-profits, faith based groups, and other community based organizations whose mission it is to strengthen the capabilities of organizations working together in Wisconsin to respond to communities affected by disaster. If you would like to learn more about WI VOAD please check out their website  https://www.wivoad.org/ 

Small Business and Non-profit COVID-19 Relief Resources:

Cyber Security Resources:

Every organization large and small must be prepared to respond to disruptive cyber incidents. There are a number of agencies who provide free resources for businesses to check out to help bolster their defenses. Please contact the Wisconsin Statewide Intelligence Center (WSIC), the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) if something cyber related occurs that is out of the ordinary for your business.

Every organization large and small must be prepared to respond to disruptive cyber incidents. There are a number of agencies who provide free resources for businesses to check out to help bolster their defenses. Please contact the Wisconsin Statewide Intelligence Center (WSIC), the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) if something cyber related occurs that is out of the ordinary for your business.

WSIC

https://wifusion.widoj.gov/

CISA:

Check out the Shields Up campaign where you can find helpful cyber security resources including a catalog of free services and the latest cyber updates. https://www.cisa.gov/shields-up. Organizations should report anomalous cyber activity and/or cyber incidents 24/7 to report@cisa.gov or (888) 282-0870.

FBI:

Organization should report anomalous cyber activity and or cyber incidents to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) https://www.ic3.gov/ or contact Wisconsin’s nearest FBI field office in Milwaukee: https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/milwaukee.

Other helpful FBI cyber sites: https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/cyber & https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/cyber/partnerships.