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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.

Please contact us with questions or corrections.

For reference, the local resources we list provide disaster recovery services in the categories noted below.

Access & DisabilitiesDisaster UnemploymentInsurance
Aging ServicesEnvironmentLegal Services
Agricultural AidEssential NeedsRoadside Assistance 
Animals/PetsFamily & Protective ServicesStudents
CitizenshipFinancial AssistanceTax Preparation
Consumer ServicesHealth Care ServicesVeterans Services
ContractorsHousingVital Statistics
Crisis CounselingIdentity TheftVolunteer

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Wisconsin State and Local Level Referrals

Use the "Search" field to look for categories or types of assistance.

CategoryEntityType of AssistanceTelephone Number
Access and Functional Needs and DisabilitiesWisconsin Department of Health Services: Long Term Care and SupportThis 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
TTY:  888-701-1251
Access and Functional Needs and DisabilitiesWisconsin Department of Health Services: Office For the Deaf and Hard of HearingCounseling, Benefits review, training, Deaf-Blind resources, mental health resources, communications devices, technology accomodations, and interpreter services.General:  608-266-1865
TTY:  888-701-1251
Access and Functional Needs and DisabilitiesWisTech: Wisconsin's Assistive Technology ProgramDevice 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 DisabilitiesWisloanThe 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 modifications877-463-377
414-988-5333
Access and Functional Needs and DisabilitiesIndependence 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 DisabilitiesAccess 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
608-242-8484 (voice)
608-234-4484 (videophone)
Access and Functional Needs and DisabilitiesIndependent Living ResourcesServing 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
TTY: 888-378-2198
La Cross:  608-787-1111  
TTY: 608-787-1148
Aging ServicesWisconsin Department of Health Services: Aging ServicesPrograms 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
TTY:  888-701-1251
608-266-2536
Agricultural AidUSDA - Wisconsin Farm ServicesUSDA'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 AidWisconsin Department of AgricultureResources for farmers and consumers.  Licenses, permits, animal health, consumer protection, food safety, land and water conservation, and other programs.608-224-5012
  TDD 608-224-5058
Agricultural AidWisconsin 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 & AssistanceWisconsin Large Animal Emergency ResponseTechnical Rescues, education and training.Emergency: 911
608-561-7640 
Consumer ServicesWisconsin Department of Justice: Consumer ProtectionConsumer protection alerts, consumer resources, information on scams, price gouging and consumer complaint services.  Online complaint form available.800-422-7128
ContractorsWisconsin Department of Safety and Professional ServicesContractor's online license verification and consumer complaints services.608-266-2112
 
Crisis CounselingWisconsin Crisis HotlinesListing 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 AssistanceWisconsin Department of Workforce Development: Unemployment BenefitsWhen 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 QualityWisconsin Department of Health and Human Services: Environmental HealthEnvironmental Health Topics listed alphabetically, information on hazards, and how to protect yourself and your family.608-266-1865
TTY 888-701-1251
Essential NeedsFoodShare WisconsinFoodShare Wisconsin helps low-income families and individuals to buy nutritious food.  Information about eligibility requirements and application for benefits.608-266-1865
  TTY 888-701-1251
   
Essential NeedsWisconsin 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 area608-267-9071
See online locator 
Essential NeedsWisconsin Department of Health Services: Women, Infants and Children (WIC) ProgramSpecial 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  
608-360-9328   
Contact a local WIC office near you.
Essential NeedsFeeding America - WisconsinThe 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 Needs2-1-1 WisconsinReferrals to organizations providing emergency food, clothing, shelter, medical, crisis counseling, rental, and utility assistance.  Online database to find community resources.211
   877-947-2211
Family & Protective ServicesWisconsin Department of Children and Families:  Child Protective ServicesIndividuals 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 ServicesWisconsin 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 ServicesWisconsin Child Care FinderWisconsin Department of Children and Families, regulated child care database, online search available.608-422-7000
Financial AssistanceWisconsin Department of Children and Families:  Supportive ServicesSupportive 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 AssistanceWisconsin Department Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection: Financial CounselingThe 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 ServicesWisconsin Department of Health Services:  Health Care and CoverageState 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 InformationWisconsin HUDHousing and Urban Development (HUD),  rental help, subsidized apartment search, home ownership resources, avoid foreclosure, and housing resources.  Milwaukee Field Office:  414-297-3214
Housing InformationWisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)Rental Assistance information, resources for home ownership, economic development, low-cost financing programs.Madison:  608-266-7884
800-334-6873
TTY: 800-947-3529 Milwaukee:  414-227-4039800-628-4833
InsuranceWisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance:  ConsumersGeneral insurance information, consumer topics, online agency verification, consumer alerts,  and online complaint reporting services.608-266-3585  
800-236-8517
Legal ServicesState Bar of Wisconsin:  PublicProvide attorney referrals, arbitration, public education, and information about reduced fee services for low income state residents. 608-257-3838

800-728-7788
Online Lawyer Search
Roadside AssistanceWisconsin 511 Travel InformationTraffic advisories, urgent alerts, road conditions, online traffic map, travel services and safety information.511
 
866-511-9472
Tax AssistanceWisconsin 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 ServicesWisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs Information regarding veteran benefits including pensions, medical care, home loans, burial, and life insurance.800-947-8387
   Claims Assistance:  
414-902-5757
Vital StatisticsWisconsin Department of Transportation: Driver ServicesReplacement 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 StatisticsWisconsin Vital Record ServicesReplacement birth, death, marriage certificates and other vital documents.608-266-1373
VolunteerVOLUNTEERS SHOULD NOT SELF-DEPLOY  

Referrals Last Updated: April 2021

Last updated September 18, 2021