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.
In March 2003, the Wisconsin Homeland Security Council was created by executive order to address the state’s ability to prepare for and respond to threats to Wisconsin homeland security. Every non-statutory committee or council created by executive order of the governor expires at the end of each gubernatorial term of office unless the new governor, by executive order, provides for its continued existence. Thus, the Wisconsin Homeland Security Council was re-created by Governor Scott Walker’s Executive Order #6 in January 2011. New members were appointed to fill vacancies; however, the structure – consisting of 13 members and chaired by the Wisconsin Homeland Security Adviser – remains the same. In May 2013, Governor Walker expanded the membership of the Wisconsin Homeland Security Council to 16 members with Executive Order #101 in order to better protect the citizens and critical infrastructure of the state.
In 2011, the Council temporarily changed its meeting structure from monthly to quarterly and extended the meeting time to four hours. More recently, in the interest of strengthening cooperative ties between the various member agencies, the Council has reverted to its monthly format. Additionally, the Council created work groups that meet in between regular meetings and focus on strategic goals. Often, officials from non-member agencies and non-governmental organizations attend to gather information about homeland security issues. Additionally, the council provides an annual report on Wisconsin Homeland Security to the governor each year.
- Critical Infrastructure/Key Resources (CI/KR)
- Comprehensive Response (formerly Inter-Agency)
- Wisconsin Cyber Strategic and Planning
- Information Sharing
- Joint Services
Non-Member Contributing Agencies
Representatives from other agencies and organizations attend monthly council meetings. This past year, attendees included representatives from the Wisconsin National Guard, United States Coast Guard (USCG), United States Department of Homeland Security (USDHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Southeastern Wisconsin Threat Analysis Center (STAC), United States Attorney’s Office (USAO), United States Marshals Service (USMS), and United States Geological Survey (USGS), among others.