Wisconsin has been granted a major disaster declaration for the entire state, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The declaration provides access to public assistance programs for all 72 Wisconsin counties and the state’s federally recognized tribes.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) notified the state that it is granting the request for Public Assistance to help provide reimbursement for emergency protective measures taken by state and local governments in their response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The declaration also authorizes direct federal Assistance which means when the state and local governments lack the capability to perform or to contract for eligible emergency work and/or debris removal, the state may request that the work be accomplished by a federal agency.
Governor Evers also requested assistance in hazard mitigation, crisis counseling, community disaster loans and other forms of relief. FEMA is still reviewing those additional requests.