MADISON, WI-- Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers sent a letter to FEMA Tuesday, asking the president to issue a major disaster declaration for the entire state of Wisconsin.
The request covers all 72 counties and the state’s federally recognized tribes.
Evers said the state's response to the COVID-19 virus has exceeded the resources currently available.
“By seeking this declaration, we are hopeful the state will be able to access critical programs that are needed to deal with the pandemic now, and with the recovery that will be taking place down the road," he said.
Evers' disaster request asks the federal government to use its programs to support the state’s response, including Public Assistance, Direct Assistance, Hazard Mitigation, Crisis Counseling, Community Disaster Loans and the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Program.
“The response to this outbreak has caused multiple deaths, exhausted many of our resources, resulted in record unemployment claims, and taken a toll on the community infrastructure that is in place to protect the public,” Evers said. “We need federal assistance to help rebuild those critical safety nets and ensure they remain strong.”
Evers declared a public health emergency on March 12 in response to the outbreak.