Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Program

In 2014, Wisconsin established seven healthcare coalition regions (HCC) 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 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.

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


The Wisconsin Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program (WHEPP) through the State Expert Panel on Burn Surge provides "Guidelines for Stabilization of Burn Patients for 72 hours until Transfer to a Burn Center" (PDF, 1.0 MB) to hospitals for the stabilization of burn patients for 72 hours or more when immediate transfer to a Burn Center is not feasible. 

Guidelines for Stabilization of Burn Patients for 72 hours until Transfer to a Burn Center. (Webcast, help) This presentation provides guidelines for the day-to-day management of burn patients by EMS. Handout for the Presentation (PDF, 979 KB)


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HCC Regions

Wisconsin is divided into seven regional healthcare coalitions. For more information on the healthcare coalition in your region, see their coalition websites below:

Map of Wisconsin Regional Healthcare Coalitions

HCC Resources

General Information and Publications


Program Measures


Minimum Levels of Readiness (MLOR) means that the hospital has achieved minimum levels of capacity in regard to a particular component that is essential for an adequate response to a mass casualty incident. 

Additional Resources

WI Trac: Wisconsin tracking, resources, alerts and communication

Legal resources for emergency preparedness

Residential care facilities resources

Pre-hospital resources

Wisconsin has established 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 17, 2016