Homeland Security Council

What the Council Does

Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Adviser and 16 member council is responsible for advising the governor, coordinating state and local prevention and response efforts, and producing periodic reports on the state of homeland security in Wisconsin. The council works with local, state, federal, and tribal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private industry to improve citizen and community preparedness. The governor is responsible for appointing council members. Additionally, a member of the governor’s staff is invited to attend and participate at each meeting.

By appointment of the Governor, the Adjutant General of the Wisconsin National Guard serves as Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Adviser and chairs the Homeland Security Council.

The Council meets monthly, on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings may last approximately 2 hours and include closed and open session portions. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the council’s open sessions.

Announcements of meetings are posted on this site, in the lobby of the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, and on the State Capitol’s bulletin board. Due to scheduling conflicts and real-world events, meetings may be scheduled on different dates or occur more frequently. Generally speaking, however, the Council meets twelve times over the course of a year.

Practice good cyber hygiene with your online accounts

MADISON, Wis. – From paying bills to interacting with friends, online accounts have become a crucial part of our lives. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month in Wisconsin, and it’s a good time to secure those accounts. “Online banking, social media, and email are all essential services in our daily lives,” said Maj. Gen. Don […]


October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Written by ReadyWisconsin MADISON, Wis. — The increasing online connectivity of many aspects of our lives has made everything from paying bills to controlling the temperature in our homes easier to manage. However, it has also opened new ways for criminals to target victims. To help encourage people to be vigilant and to learn how […]


Annual cybersecurity summit highlights current threats, emerging technologies

Written by Andrew Beckett, Wisconsin Emergency Management Gov. Scott Walker opens the 6th Annual Governor’s Cybersecurity Summit Sept. 10 at the University of Wisconsin campus. Attendees heard from a wide range of experts on current and potential future cybersecurity threats. The annual summit brings together people working in several fields that rely on technology in […]


14 August 2018 – Homeland Security Council Meeting AMENDED

HLS Meeting Agenda – 14 Aug 2018 AMENDED