Wisconsin State and Local Level Referrals
When a disaster occurs, local governments often work together with community leaders and organizations to provide on-the-ground emergency management. You may also reference our national-level referrals list.
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For reference, the local resources we list provide disaster recovery services in the categories noted below.
For reference, see the full list of disaster recovery service categories covered in the below local resource list.
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Wisconsin State and Local Level Referrals
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|Category||Entity||Type of Assistance||Telephone Number|
|Access and Functional Needs and Disabilities||Wisconsin Department of Health Services: Long Term Care and Support||This service links those who need assistance with state and local area agencies on aging and community-based organization. Long-term care is any service or support that you may need because of a disability, getting older, or a chronic illness that limits your ability to do the things that are part of your daily routine. This includes things such as bathing, getting dressed, making meals, going to work, and paying bills.||General: 608-266-1865|
|Access and Functional Needs and Disabilities||Wisconsin Department of Health Services: Office For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing||Counseling, Benefits review, training, Deaf-Blind resources, mental health resources, communications devices, technology accommodations, and interpreter services.||General: 608-266-1865|
|Access and Functional Needs and Disabilities||WisTech: Wisconsin's Assistive Technology Program||Device Demonstrations allow people to compare features and benefits of a particular assistive technology device to make an informed choice before purchasing a device. Short-term loans of assistive technology devices. Refurbishment, recycling and/or repair of assistive technology devices||608-514-2513|
|Access and Functional Needs and Disabilities||Wisloan||The WisLoan and Telework programs offer loans for assistive technology, home modification, vehicle adaptions, or accommodations for employment. The loans help people buy equipment such as hearing aids, modified vehicles, wheelchairs, ramps, computers with modifications, environmental controls, alternative communication devices, and home accessibility modifications||877-463-377|
|Access and Functional Needs and Disabilities||Independence First||Services and resources for people with disabilities including benefits counseling, training, personal services, and additional information and referrals. The Mobility Store provides discounted Durable Medical Equipment. IndependenceFirst is Metro Milwaukee's FIRST resource when people have questions regarding access and disability. They offer over 20 Programs & Services to people with disabilities of all kinds, in all age groups and provide programs on disability awareness, employment tips and access to the general community.||414-291-7520: Milwaukee 414-988-5333: Wauwatosa Store|
608-243-1785: Madison Store
|Access and Functional Needs and Disabilities||Access to Independence, Inc.||Serving Dane, Columbia, Green, and Dodge Counties. Provides information and referrals for people with disabilities and their families. Peer support, independent living skills, advocacy, transition, and benefits assistance.||800-362-9877|
|Access and Functional Needs and Disabilities||Independent Living Resources||Serving Buffalo, Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Lafayette, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Trempealeau, & Vernon Counties. Centers for Independent Living (CILs) help people with disabilities achieve or maintain more self-sufficient and productive lives in their communities. Assistive Technology, Skills Training, Benefits Analysis, and housng.||888-474-5745|
La Cross: 608-787-1111
|Aging Services||Wisconsin Department of Health Services: Aging Services||Programs and services for older adults This includes benefit counseling, health care, family care, social activities, prescription help, nutrition, caregiver support, transportation, employment and volunteer opportunities.||General: 608-266-1865|
|Agricultural Aid||USDA - Wisconsin Farm Services||USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides emergency loans to help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding, other natural disasters, or quarantine. Online office locator by county.||Service Center Locator|
|Agricultural Aid||Wisconsin Department of Agriculture||Resources for farmers and consumers. Licenses, permits, animal health, consumer protection, food safety, land and water conservation, and other programs.||608-224-5012|
|Agricultural Aid||Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)||Economic development, agricultural and business loans, production loans, modernization loans, low-cost financing programs.||800-334-6873 |
TTY 800-947-3529Existing WHEDA Mortgage: 800-562-5546
|Animal Health & Assistance||Wisconsin Large Animal Emergency Response||Technical Rescues, education and training.||Emergency: 911|
|Consumer Services||Wisconsin Department of Justice: Consumer Protection||Consumer protection alerts, consumer resources, information on scams, price gouging and consumer complaint services. Online complaint form available.||800-422-7128|
|Contractors||Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services||Contractor's online license verification and consumer complaints services.||608-266-2112|
|Crisis Counseling||Wisconsin Crisis Hotlines||Listing of local Suicide and Crisis Hotlines by county, 24/7 support is available for anyone in crisis.||Emergency: 911 |
Suicide Hotline 800-784-2433
See county listing for local hotlines.
|Disaster Specific Information|
|Disaster Unemployment Assistance||Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development: Unemployment Benefits||When Disaster Unemployment Assistance is activated, the agency will provide disaster information. This assistance provides weekly beneﬁt payments to those out of work due to the disaster, including self-employed persons, farm and ranch owners, and others not covered under regular unemployment insurance programs.||Madison Area: 608-232-0678|
Milwaukee Area: 414-438-7700
Toll Free 800-438-7713
TTY 888-393-8914 ONLINE FILING IS REQUIRED
|Environmental Quality||Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services: Environmental Health||Environmental Health Topics listed alphabetically, information on hazards, and how to protect yourself and your family.||608-266-1865|
|Essential Needs||FoodShare Wisconsin||FoodShare Wisconsin helps low-income families and individuals to buy nutritious food. Information about eligibility requirements and application for benefits.||608-266-1865|
|Essential Needs||Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services: The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)||The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that provides food commodities to distribution sites. Locator by county for providers in that area||608-267-9071|
See online locator
|Essential Needs||Wisconsin Department of Health Services: Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program||Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Nutrition evaluation and monthly coupons to receive supplemental, highly nutritious foods such as cereal, cheese, milk, eggs, peanut butter and dried beans.||800-642-7837 |
Contact a local WIC office near you.
|Essential Needs||Feeding America - Wisconsin||The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks provides emergency food assistance. Contact your local community food bank to find food. Online search by zip code for local food banks.||See online locator|
|Essential Needs||2-1-1 Wisconsin||Referrals to organizations providing emergency food, clothing, shelter, medical, crisis counseling, rental, and utility assistance. Online database to find community resources.||211|
|Family & Protective Services||Wisconsin Department of Children and Families: Child Protective Services||Individuals concerned with children at risk for abuse and neglect. Report Child Abuse to the county the child resides, online agency locator for contact information.||Emergency: 911|
See Agency locator
|Family & Protective Services||Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long-term Care - Adult Abuse||Individuals concerned with possible elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Report Adult Abuse to the county the elder resides in, online county map locator for county contact.||Emergency: 911|
See County locator
|Family & Protective Services||Wisconsin Child Care Finder||Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, regulated child care database, online search available.||608-422-7000|
|Financial Assistance||Wisconsin Department of Children and Families: Supportive Services||Supportive services available to low-income parents, and low-income individuals without children. Information on cash assistance services such as burial services, emergency assistance, and Wisconsin Works (W-2), information on childhood care and education, employment, education and training, medical, food, and housing, and victim services.||608-422-7000|
|Financial Assistance||Wisconsin Department Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection: Financial Counseling||The Wisconsin Farm Center has financial experts who are trained in a wide range of farm-related subject areas. They can provide assistance with feasibility analysis, enterprise analysis, along with restructuring and cash flow projections. These experts can personally assist you and answer your specific questions. They can also provide you with useful resources.||800-942-2474|
|Health Care Services||Wisconsin Department of Health Services: Health Care and Coverage||State health care and coverage, Medicaid, information about health assistance programs and medical information. Includes BadgerCare Plus, a health care coverage program for low-income Wisconsin residents.||800-362-3002|
|Housing Information||Wisconsin HUD||Housing and Urban Development (HUD), rental help, subsidized apartment search, home ownership resources, avoid foreclosure, and housing resources.||Milwaukee Field Office: 414-297-3214|
|Housing Information||Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)||Rental Assistance information, resources for home ownership, economic development, low-cost financing programs.||Madison: 608-266-7884|
TTY: 800-947-3529 Milwaukee: 414-227-4039800-628-4833
|Insurance||Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance: Consumers||General insurance information, consumer topics, online agency verification, consumer alerts, and online complaint reporting services.||608-266-3585 |
|Legal Services||State Bar of Wisconsin: Public||Provide attorney referrals, arbitration, public education, and information about reduced fee services for low income state residents.||608-257-3838|
Online Lawyer Search
|Roadside Assistance||Wisconsin 511 Travel Information||Traffic advisories, urgent alerts, road conditions, online traffic map, travel services and safety information.||511|
|Tax Assistance||Wisconsin Department of Revenue||State tax information for individuals and businesses. Tax forms, publications, common questions, and online services.||608-266-2772 |
Individuals: (608) 266‑2486
Businesses: (608) 266‑2776
|Veterans Services||Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs||Information regarding veteran benefits including pensions, medical care, home loans, burial, and life insurance.||800-947-8387|
|Vital Statistics||Wisconsin Department of Transportation: Driver Services||Replacement identification and drivers licenses, vehicle registration and title services, crash reports, and address change. Online services available and DMV service center locations.||608-264-7447|
|Vital Statistics||Wisconsin Vital Record Services||Replacement birth, death, marriage certificates and other vital documents.||608-266-1373|
|Volunteer||VOLUNTEERS SHOULD NOT SELF-DEPLOY|
Referrals Last Updated: April 2021