Disaster Response Activity


August 2018 Dane County Flooding

Last updated August 25, 2018.


Wisconsin VOAD members are actively responding to the ongoing flooding in Dane County, Wisconsin. More information on response and recovery activities will be posted here in the future.


July 11th and 12th, 2017 Southeast Wisconsin Flood Response

Last updated September 25, 2017 12:45pm CST


On July 11th and 12th Wisconsin was impacted by numerous thunderstorms producing heavy rains, flash flooding and record-setting river flooding along the Fox River. The National Weather Service weather observer at the Burlington Wastewater Plant recorded almost 8 inches of rain in a 24 hour period during Tuesday July 11 and Wednesday July 12. These storms primarily impacted the counties of Kenosha, Walworth and Racine counties in far Southeastern Wisconsin. National Weather Service records show that a rainfall of this amount in a 24 hour period is about a 500 year event. Governor Scott Walker declared a state of emergency on July 13th and deployed the Wisconsin National Guard to assist.

  • Residents were encouraged to report damage information to the following locations:
    • Racine County: Impact 2-1-1 (Dial 2-1-1)
    • Kenosha County: Kenosha County Emergency Management Flood Hotline at 262-605-7924, and leave a message detailing the damage sustained. Damage may also be reported by email at disaster@kenoshacounty.org
    • Walworth County: Contact Walworth County Emergency Management. 

Samaritan's Purse

Samaritan’s Purse set up a hotline for residents throughout all three counties to request clean-up assistance. Assistance included:

  • Muck-out
  • Mold suppression
  • One-on-one consultation with home-owners and help them decide what is/isn’t salvageable and
  • Spiritual assistance/counseling if homeowners liked

Volunteer Statistics:

  • 248 requests for clean-up assistance received
  • 164 completed by Samaritan's Purse volunteers
  • 84 completed by others
  • 328 total volunteers
  • 6451 total volunteer hours

2-1-1 Wisconsin

  • 2-1-1 Wisconsin answered 528 phone calls in Racine, Walworth and Kenosha Counties as of August 3rd, 2017. A majority of these phone calls were from residents of Racine County, where residents were be directed to for damage reports.

Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs)

  • Three Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) were opened in the week following the severe flooding. Numerous governmental and non-governmental agencies participated to provide direct services to disaster survivors.
    • Racine County
      Tuesday, July 18th, 12:00pm - 8:00pm
      Burlington High School
      400 McCanna Pkwy, Burlington, WI 53105
    • Kenosha County
      Wednesday, July 19th, 12:00pm – 8:00pm
      Riverview Elementary School
      300 E Prosser St, Silver Lake, WI 53170
    • Walworth County
      Friday, July 21st, 12:00pm-8:00PM
      Walworth County Health & Human Services
      W4051 County Rd. NN, Elkhorn, WI

American Red Cross

Racine County

  • Opened 38 cases with individuals and families, serving 111 people in these households.
  • Conducted 13 Health Services contacts to assist people in replacing medications, medical equipment and/or health related information
  • Conducted 117 Mental Health contacts (crisis counseling)
  • Served 210 meals and 963 snacks to people who were impacted and relief workers
  • Distributed 17 comfort kits (hygiene kits)
  • Distributed 801 flood clean-up kit containing items such as push broom, brushes, cleaning solutions, squeegee, garbage bags
  • Distributed 1,341 other bulk items such as shovels, work gloves, bleach, masks, drinking water and insect repellent
  • Opened 1 shelter Salem, WI with 8 overnight stays

Walworth County

  • Opened 59 cases with individuals and families, serving 139 people in these households.
  • Conducted 16 Mental Health contacts (crisis counseling)
  • Served 64 meals and 83 snacks to people who were impacted and relief workers
  • Distributed 6 comfort kits (hygiene kits)
  • Distributed 188 flood clean-up kit containing items such as push broom, brushes, cleaning solutions, squeegee, garbage bags
  • Distributed 623 other bulk items such as shovels, work gloves, bleach, masks, drinking water and insect repellent

Overall Red Cross Response (as of 7/28/2017)

  • 10 shelters opened, with 50 overnight stays
  • 229 families assisted, serving 609 individuals
  • 1,257 meals served
  • 3,266 snack served
  • 2,309 flood clean-up kits distributed
  • 7,717 other bulk items such as shovels, work gloves, bleach, masks, drinking water and insect repellent
  • 315 Red Cross personnel assisted with WI flood response

Convoy of Hope

Convoy of Hope provided a tractor-trailer of supplies from Springfield, MO to Journey Church in Burlington, Wisconsin. The load was a mix of food, water and clean up supplies. The load weighed approximately 20,000 lbs and was valued at approximately $22,000. This load was provided free of charge. Two staff members and one volunteer unloaded the supplies.


Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM)

Wisconsin Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to a level 3 (minimal activation) in response to the July 12th flooding incident. 


Local voluntary agency activities:

  • The Sharing Center collected cash and donated goods for residents of Kenosha County.
  • The Sharing Center parterned with local volunteers of Kenosha County to assist residents with clena-up. Approximately 102 volunteers arrived in Kenosha County on Saturday, July 22nd. On Sunday, July 23rd there were approximately 73 volunteers in the Salem Lakes and Camp Lake areas. Over 1,000 volunteer hours were recorded including stripping floors of carpet padding, debris removal,e tc. Overall 40 homes were assisted. 
  • Journey Church accepted supplies sent from Convoy of Hope to distribute to residents. 
  • Love Inc. distributed clean-up supplies, food, and other items within Racine County. Love Inc. also provided case management to residents of Racine and Walworth Counties.
  • Lifebridge Church “adopted” a neighborhood within Burlington, WI with 25 homes to assist with needs of the residents. 


May 16th, 2017 Tornado Response

Last updated May 20th, 2017 at 9:45PM


On May 16th, 2017 a supercell tracked across Polk, Barron, and Rusk counties in Wisconsin, spawning one or more tornadoes in the late afternoon and early evening.  A tornado struck a 50-unit mobile home park near Cameron, causing multiple injuries and one reported fatality. Emergency officials reported 38 mobile homes at the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Park were destroyed, 8 sustained major damage and 3 have minor damage. Damage was also reported north and east of Chetek near the town of Bruce, where 7-8 homes were damaged. 


Emergency Declarations:

Barron County, Rusk County, Jackson County (Flooding), State of Wisconsin 


Unaffiliated Volunteer Information

A volunteer reception has opened on Friday, May 19th, 2017 in Barron County. Information for this reception center is as follows:


Community Clean Up Efforts (general debris removal)

Starting location:

St Peters Church

1618 20th St

Cameron WI


Friday May 19, Start time: 8am

Saturday May 20, Start time: 8am

Sunday May 21, Expected start time: 8am



  • Community volunteers can arrive at 8am,
  • Volunteers should register/check-in at the reception area, run by Barron county employees
  • Volunteers will receive clean up routes/locations at registration (provided by Barron county)
  • Attire for volunteers: closed toed shoes, long pants, no tank tops, gloves, bug replant,
  • Volunteers are not encouraged to bring chain saws


Donations Information

Monetary donations will be accepted at any of the Mosaic Telecom sites. Checks should be made out to “Mosaic Telecom” and include “Disaster Relief Barron County” in the check memo line.


Wisconsin VOAD Agency Response


American Red Cross

On May 16th, 2017 American Red Cross sheltered two overnight occupants at Mosaic Telecom in Cameron, Wisconsin. A reception center has also been opened at Holy Trinity Church in Ladysmith, WI where residents of Rusk County may visit for information or assistance. In addition, Red Cross response includes:

  • Opened 50 cases with individuals and families, serving 126 people in these households
  • Conducted 139 Health Services contacts to assist people in replacing medications, medical equipment and/or health related information
  • Conducted 43 Mental Health contacts (crisis counseling)
  • Coordinated Integrated Care and Condolence Team outreach completed with family with the fatality.  Integrated Care and Condolence Teams consist of a combination of health, mental health, casework and spiritual care personnel.
  • Distributed 36 Recovery Booklets to assist households in their recovery plans
  • Served 813 meals and 497 snacks to people who were impacted and relief workers
  • Distributed 88 comfort kits (hygiene kits)
  • Distributed 769 bulk items such as shovels, work gloves, bleach, masks, drinking water and insect repellent
  • 73 Red Cross personnel have been active in this response 


Salvation Army

Salvation Army has set up feeding operations at Mosaic Telecom and is also canteening at the impact site.


Meals Served:

May 17th, 2017: 45 meals for breakfast.

May 19th, 2017: Provided 565 meals

May 20th, 2017: Provided 121 breakfasts, 697 lunches, and 607 beverages.


The local ministerial association is providing emotional and spiritual care suport for the Prairie Lake Estates Mobile Home Park.


Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon arrived on site Friday, May 19th to assist the Department of Natural Resources incident management teams with leading volunteers from the volunteer reception center. Volunteers are conducting debris removal in Barron County. 


211 Wisconsin

211 Wisconsin has partnered with Barron County to manage all calls from community members reporting damage, offering assistance and donations, and answering general disaster-related questions. Residents with damage have been encouraged to call 211, and this message has been advertised through social media, radio stations, and Code Red.


Adventist Community Services (ACS)

ACS has assisted fellow churchmembers affected by the storm and have 


Minnesota-Wisconsin Southern Baptist Convention

MN-WI Southern Baptist Convention volunteers are anticipated to arrive May 22nd to begin assistance with debris removal and providing emotional and spiritual care. Chainsaw crews and chaplains are anticipated to stay the duration of the week until Friday, May 26th. 


Minnesota VOAD

Provided assistance with locating lodging resources nearby the affected area. Remains on standby for assistance, if needed.


Multi-Agency Resource Center

A multi-agency resource center (MARC) was opened May 19th and May 20th at Mosaic Telecom in Cameron, WI for residents to visit to learn about available resources for recovery. 20 agencies were present in the multi-agency resource center.


Any voluntary organizations that have received requests for assistance to respond to this incident, please contact the Wisconsin VOAD Chair, Jenny Legaspi, for situational awareness at jenny.legaspi@redcross.org 





September 21st, 2016 Flood Response

On September 21st, 2016, Wisconsin experienced severe flooding in the West Central and Southwest Regions of the state. Governor Scott Walker issued a State of Emergency to include 13 counties: Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Eau Claire, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Trempealeau, and Vernon. Wisconsin VOAD activities relating to this event are outlined below.


Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon's Operation Bad Ax launched on Sept. 30th with the arrival of the incident commander and other command & general staff personnel.  Oct. 2nd was the first day of in-the-field operations.  Our final work order was closed out the morning of Oct. 9th, and we demobilized that afternoon.


During that time we deployed 23 members, from 4 different states.  Those members put in 804 cumulative hours of work, providing an estimated cost savings to Vernon County of $22,141.35


American Red Cross

The Red Cross WI Region responded to several counties that were affected by the flood.   The following assistance in coordination with local patterns were provided to assist individuals who were affected by the flood.

  • Total clean-up kits distributed – 407
  • Total Bulk Items distributed – 166
  • Total families assisted – 45
  • Total individuals assisted – 118


2-1-1 Wisconsin

Provided information to affected residents during Southwest WI flooding. As of Oct. 11, 2016 the number of calls received were:

  • Vernon County – 190
  • Buffalo County – 301
  • Trempealeau County – 34

Wisconsin VOAD members providing assistance to residents affected by the disaster are encouraged to contact Jenny Legaspi or Wisconsin Emergency Management with details relating to their organization's flood response. 


September Flooding Websites: 


National Weather Service