Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Program

In 2014, Wisconsin established seven healthcare emergency readiness coalition regions (HERC) to coordinate how public health, healthcare institutions, and first responder agencies, such as police, fire and emergency medical services (EMS), will manage their efforts to enact a uniform and unified response to an emergency, including a mass casualty or other catastrophic event.

A healthcare emergency readiness coalition is a group of healthcare organizations, public safety and public health partners that join forces for the common goal of making their communities safer, healthier, and more resilient.

The coalitions support communities before, during, and after disasters and other health-related crises.


Young girl hugs her teddy bear and healthcare providerThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published an emergency preparedness rule for health providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid. This rule allows facilities to establish and maintain consistent emergency preparedness policies and procedures in order to increase patient safety during emergencies. Learn more by visiting CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule page.

New Toolkits for CMS Preparedness Rule

DHS is creating toolkits to assist the providers affected by the new rule. Each of these toolkits gives facilities that fall under the new rule an overview of the requirements for their provider type, as well as some sample templates in a workbook that can be used in their planning efforts.

Check back on the CMS preparedness rule toolkit webpage for the most current toolkits available.

For general information and resources, visit the CMS preparedness rule webpage.


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HERC Regions

Wisconsin is divided into seven regional healthcare emergency readiness coalitions. For more information on the coalition in your region, see their coalition websites below or view the regional contact information, P-02587 (PDF) :

Click on the image to the right for a downloadable pdf of the locations.

Map of Wisconsin Regional Healthcare Coalitions

HERC Resources

General Information and Publications


Program Measures

HSEEP Training

The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) training provides a set of guiding principles for exercise programs, as well as a common approach to exercise program management, design and development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning. DHS provides links to seven training lessons over viewing HSEEP principles.

Additional Resources

EMResource (formerly WI Trac)

Legal resources for emergency preparedness

Residential care facilities resources

Pre-hospital resources

The Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Program supports hospital emergency preparedness planning and response to mass casualty incidents or pandemic events. The Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Program is funded by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (DHHS).

Last Revised: August 3, 2020