Is WI Ready for an Emergency?

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

Governor Jim Doyle wants to know what Wisconsin can learn from the response to Hurricane Katrina.

Doyle announced Thursday morning that Wisconsin's Homeland Security Advisor will conduct a review of the state's disaster plans. That man responsible for the effort says the way the state responded to last month's tornados in Stoughton shows what Wisconsin is capable of. Major General Al Wilkening says, "Our state emergency operations center was up and running, by early evening a soldier from Stoughton was providing immediate reconnaissance and our National Guard engineers were ready to respond if necessary, all of this happens within minutes and hours, not days."

General Wilkening will review evacuation plans for major cities and nursing homes, along with coordination of guard units and communication strategies. He's expected to get the report to Doyle in three weeks.

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