Kleiboer's office one floor above the Emergency Operations Center is filled with three-ring binders with labels like "State of Wisconsin Hazard Mitigation Plan," and filing cabinets containing decades of disaster situation reports. In a disaster, WEM musters help from Military Affairs, Department of Transportation and State Patrol, Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Corrections, Department of Workforce Development, Public Service Commission, UW-Extension, and Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection: all aimed at supporting local governments and local communities in need.
"The phones were ringing off the hook and things were going at a feverish pitch," Kleiboer recalls, pointing to remnant maps on the walls showing road closures, agrichemical sites and flooding from that wild weekend.
A Department of Transportation webcam is still running displaying an uneventful stream of traffic.
ICS: Uniform training to provide uniform help nationwide How DNR's structure brings quicker response Actions that keep disasters from becoming catastrophes One warden's wet week Keeping the taps clean and the toilets flushing where water was everywhere Dam busy holding back water The big ones Natural disasters each inflict their own devastating pain.
Blizzards bring blinding snow, bitter cold and bad driving.
Hanging projectors are set to display Power Point presentations during the next disaster.