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 () 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
Would you like all of the benefits of being in a P3 while also being at the decision table when a disaster strikes? If so, consider joining the Business Emergency Operating Center (BEOC). The BEOC is free to join and open to any nonprofit, religious organization, P3, and Association that is interested.
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:
- Submit an Application and Membership Agreement Form
- Click this link and go to the WI BEOC Application and Membership Agreement Form
- Contact the Community Preparedness Coordinator at .
How to become a BEOC Liaison:
- Be a subject matter expert
- Submit an application form
o 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
- 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.
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
- Health and Medical
- Public Safety and Security
- Hazardous Materials
P3 and BEOC Contact InformationUpcoming Events
|September 2021||Active Shooter Tabletop Exercise|
|September 30, 2021||Addressing Gaps in Disaster Housing Recovery free virtual class (MGT-464). Link to register: https://www.ncdpcourses.org/catalog/. Click on the icon at the top of the page that says “MGT464 IN WISCONSIN: COURSE FOLDER.”*|
|November 1-2, 2021||P3/DARES Summit**|
|November 2021||SEOC Recovery exercise|
|November 16-17, 2021||GridEx VI|
|January 2022||BEOC Liaison Tabletop Exercise|
|February 2022||National Floodplain Preparedness Insurance (NFIP) workshop|
|March 7-9, 2022||Governor’s Conference|
|May 3-4, 2022||DARES Full 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 2022||AAR for BEOC DARES|
* Please join us on September 30, 2021, for a free virtual planning workshop “MGT-464 Addressing Gaps in Disaster Housing Recovery.” This half-day planning workshop consists of about two hours of independent study portion and a six-hour live training session. The course reviews how communities can plan for housing recovery after a disaster with a focus on scenario-based curriculum emphasizing the whole community approach to emergency management. For additional course description and learning objectives please review the FEMA Housing Flyer_WI. You can register at: https://www.ncdpcourses.org/catalog/. Click on the icon at the top of the page that says, “MGT464 IN WISCONSIN: COURSE FOLDER” and select the Enroll icon. You will be enrolled in AWR-371-W and MGT464BLWI. Be sure to also enroll in the live training session on September 30th. PDF Flyer
** Our annual P3 Summit will be in person on November 1 and 2 in the Dells. More details including how to register, speakers, and more details on the November 1 free classes will be added shortly.
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/ or contact Wisconsin Emergency Management’s VOAD Liaison Shane Goss at .
Small Business and Non-profit COVID-19 Relief Resources:
- Crisis Counseling through Project Recovery
- Wisconsin COVID relief investments:
- Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation:
- Rental Assistance
- Small Business Administration