Health Emergency Preparedness and Response

Wisconsin's Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program focuses on preparing for, and responding to, events that pose a substantial risk to the health of the state's residents. Our purpose is to provide information, resources, and expertise to our partners to ready Wisconsin for health threats, emergencies, and disasters.


The 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. This rule will establish a better coordinated response to any natural or human-caused disasters. Wisconsin has over 1,200 providers across the state that will be affected by the new rule.

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.

To download provider specific toolkits, visit the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Toolkits page.

For general information and resources, visit the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule page.






Preparedness Systems and Resources

PCA Portal — (Login Required)

The Partner Communication & Alerting Portal (PCA) allows local health and tribal agencies to share documents and collaborate with state agencies.

WI TRAC — (Login Required)

WI TRAC is a tool that hospitals use to alert and communicate with each other and with their emergency response partners.
Last Revised: February 13, 2018