Public Health Preparedness

Disaster can strike at any time and can come in many shapes and sizes. It is important to prevent loss of health and life, and promote quick recovery from events and disasters that interrupt day-to-day life. Rusk County Public Health wants to make sure our community is prepared for public health emergencies within our county. Please take a moment to review these resources to help prepare you for the unexpected emergencies.


Be Informed & Prepared

CodeREDSign up for alerts through Code Red. Either create an account of enter as a guest.  Fill out requested information to begin getting emergency notifications for Rusk County flood info, high river flows, and or other river related information. You will need to enter either your cell number or email or both to get the emergency warnings that Rusk County sends out.  National Weather service warnings will not change.


ReadyWisconsin - Be Informed. Plan Ahead. Take Action.: Learn what emergencies can happen in Wisconsin, how to make a kit and plan; and find other preparedness resources. Make a Plan: Be prepared for the unexpected. Learn how to make a plan for if disaster strikes and what to do after it does. Build a KitBe ready for any emergency by building a disaster supply kit. Learn what should be in your kit, how to maintain it and where to store it until needed. Special Preparedness for Seniors: Preparing makes sense for anyone but especially for older individuals. Learn how to get a kit of emergency supplies, make a plan for what to do in an emergency and be informed about what might happen. 


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Learn how FEMA is ready to handle an emergency situation and how they can help you prepare.


511WI Wisconsin Traffic Commuter Information: Check up to date travel conditions throughout the State of Wisconsin with WI DOT information.


Weather and Burning Restrictions

National Weather Service Forecast - Local Forecast: Look at current weather conditions and extended forecasts for our county and surrounding areas. 


NOAA - What to do during severe weather: Stay Weather Ready and listen to your local news or a NOAA weather radio to stay up to date on watches and warnings. 


DNR - Burning Restrictions: Allow fire experts to provide you on current fire danger, information on burning permits, and any restrictions happening around the state. 


DNR - Planning for Wildfires: Learn a variety of ways to work together to reduce wildfire risks in your area.


Firewise USA is a national program designed to help fire-prone neighborhoods improve wildfire readiness and recognizes those efforts. 



Lyme Disease Prevention: #FightTheBite: Learn about prevent, tick free zones, checking your pets for ticks and more. 


CDC Respiratory Virus Updates: Stay up to date on respiratory viruses directly from the CDC's Bulletin. 

Rusk County Public Health provides communicable disease surveillance and administers vaccines to those uninsured or children on Medicaid under the age of 18 through the VFC program