Federal Assessment of Storm Damage Requested

Governor Tony Evers announced on Friday that the State of Wisconsin is requesting that the Federal Emergency Management Agency conduct a Preliminary Damage Assessment in Wisconsin. That assessment will look at 17 counties and two tribal reservations impacted by storms that occurred in the state July 18-20.  These storms produced at least 17 tornadoes and straight-line winds in multiple counties, downing trees and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of people.  The process is the first step in determining whether the state will seek federal disaster assistance.  Teams from FEMA and Wisconsin Emergency Management will work with local, tribal and state officials in viewing public infrastructure damage.  The assessment will not be assessing damage done to individual homes, cabins or businesses.