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Wisconsin Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, Flooding, And Landslides 2018


Disaster Legal Hotline: 1-877-947-5291

Severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding, and landslides affected areas in Wisconsin from August 17 to September 14, 2018. On October 19, 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Wisconsin to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected during this period. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. People in the following counties are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance: 

  • Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Marquette, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, and Vernon

For DR-4402, assistance for affected individuals and families is available and people are urged to apply through FEMA.

Disaster Number: 4402


Registration with FEMA for Disaster Assistance Monday, December 17, 2018
Appeal Your FEMA Decision Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter

Key resources for those impacted by this disaster


Residents and businesses affected by this disaster can apply for government disaster relief benefits in several ways:


  • A TOLL-FREE LEGAL AID HOTLINE is now available for survivors who cannot pay for an attorney:
    • CALL 1-800-947-5291
    • Click here for the full press release. Individuals who qualify for assistance will be matched with a lawyer who has volunteered to provide free legal limited assistance.
  • For legal assistance and other disaster recovery information, please review the following resources 
    • Legal Action of Wisconsin - Legal Action of Wisconsin provides free legal services to low-income people.
    • – This statewide website, hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, Division of Emergency Management, provides disaster relief information, incident reports, and various resources for those affected by disasters.
    • United Policyholders United Policyholders specializes in helping disaster survivors with insurance claim issues. 
    • ABA Disaster Legal Services Program: Through the Disaster Legal Services Program, the ABA Young Lawyers Division (ABA-YLD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors at no charge. Please visit their page for other disaster recovery resources. 
  • If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.
  • For Frequently Asked Questions about FEMA appeals, please click here.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.
  • Help After a Disaster: FEMA's Guide for the Individual Applicants
  • You might get a call about applying for an SBA loan.  Listen!