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July 11 – Emergency Flooding in Wisconsin’s 1st District

On July 13, 2017, Governor Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth Counties, in response to the severe weather and dangerous level of flooding experienced in Southeastern Wisconsin. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest disaster loans to Wisconsin businesses and residents impacted by the July 11 flooding.  Click here for the SBA's disaster loan fact sheet, which provides additional loan details.  Residents effected by flood damage in Racine, Walworth, and Kenosha Counties can obtain additional details about the loan application process by visiting the SBA’s website at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.  Loan applications can be downloaded at: www.sba.gov/disaster and submitted via postal mail to:  U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155

Hurricane Harvey – How You Can Help

Here are some helpful resources you can use to determine how you can provide information to share with impacted loved ones and/or how you can donate time, goods or financial resources to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey:

Review this information to avoid falling victim to a scam related to Hurricane Harvey:


Hurricane Irma – How You Can Help

Here are some helpful resources you can use to determine how to provide information to share with impacted loved ones and/or how you can donate time, goods, or financial resources to help those impacted by Hurricane Irma:

Review this information to avoid falling victim to a scam related to Hurricane Irma:

Resources for Individuals Impacted by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean Islands:

The U.S. Department of State is encouraging constituents to visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/news/HurricaneIrma.html and click on the “Alert Us” button to enter information about relatives in impacted areas.  This is very important so that the Department of State knows where American citizens are located and can contact them as soon as possible.  You may also provide this information via e-mail at: IrmaEmergencyUSC@state.gov or by calling 1-888-407-4747 (from the U.S. and Canada) or +1-202-501-4444 (from overseas).  Should you personally know someone in the impacted area that needs immediate emergency services, please have them contact the local authorities.

FEMA has advised any tourists requiring transport off St. Thomas and St. John to contact the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism at (340) 772-0357.  The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism continues to post update information at: http://www.usviupdate.com/.

Hurricane Maria Assistance Information

The U.S. Department of State encourages all constituents impacted by Hurricane Maria to:

  • Follow their Hurricane Maria information page online for updates, information, and instructions on available assistance. U.S. citizens in the affected areas should also look at the website of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
  • Inform the Department of State about U.S. citizens affected by the hurricane and who require emergency assistance via one of these methods:

1.      Visit Task Force Alert and select “2017 Hurricane Maria” to provide information about American citizens located in foreign areas affected by the hurricane, or

2.      Email MariaEmergencyUSC@state.gov and provide as much information as possible (at a minimum, please provide their full name, gender, and last known location within country, if known), or

3.      Call 1-888-407-4747 (from the U.S. & Canada), +1-202-501-4444 (from overseas) in case of emergency.

The Department of State also urges U.S. citizens in the impacted areas who are safe to contact their loved ones directly and/or update their social media status.  If you are in the affected area and need immediate emergency services, please contact local authorities. 

U.S. citizens in the impacted areas should follow the emergency instructions provided by local authorities.  Monitor local and regional reports for updates on the situation and for information on emergency preparedness, including the U.S. National Hurricane Center.