The Wisconsin Disaster Fund (WDF) is a state-funded reimbursement program intended to assist county, local and tribal units of government ("the applicant") recoup costs incurred in responding to, and recovering from, natural disasters. WDF is administered within the Recovery Section of WEM. The state reimburses up to 70% of eligible costs, with the local government responsible for the remaining share. The fund does not cover losses suffered by individuals, businesses or the agricultural sector, or those covered by insurance. It also does not provide management or administrative costs for the applicants.
WDF is modeled after FEMA's Public Assistance Program and is also guided by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended This program is more limited in scope as it will not cover costs associated with snow storms or provide funds for mitigation activities.
In order to be eligible, the following steps must occur:
Eric Learn, Wisconsin Disaster Fund Coordinator