Register February 2010 No. 650
Chapter WEM 7
DISASTER FUND RULE
WEM 7.01   Purpose.
WEM 7.02   Definitions.
WEM 7.03   Eligibility criteria.
WEM 7.04   Application process.
WEM 7.05   Eligible and ineligible costs.
WEM 7.06   Payments of major disaster assistance fund applications.
WEM 7.07   Fund expenditure limitation.
WEM 7.08   Dual payment.
WEM 7.09   Appeal process.
Ch. WEM 7 Note Note: Chapter WEM 7 was created as an emergency rule eff. 6-8-06.
WEM 7.01 WEM 7.01Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to establish the application process and the criteria for determining eligibility for payment under the major disaster assistance fund as required in s. 323.31, Stats.
WEM 7.01 History History: CR 06-088: cr. Register November 2006 No. 611, eff. 12-1-06; correction made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register February 2010 No. 650.
WEM 7.02 WEM 7.02Definitions. In this chapter:
WEM 7.02(1) (1) “Administrator" means the administrator of the Wisconsin division of emergency management.
WEM 7.02(2) (2) “Applicant" means a local governmental unit that applies for major disaster assistance funding under this chapter.
WEM 7.02(3) (3) “Applicant's authorized representative" means a person authorized by the governing body of a local governmental unit to apply for major disaster assistance funding under this chapter.
WEM 7.02(4) (4) “County" means the county or counties where a major catastrophe has occurred.
WEM 7.02(5) (5) “Department" means the Wisconsin department of military affairs.
WEM 7.02(6) (6) “Disaster declaration" means a document by which an authorized official or the governing body of a local governmental unit or the State declares a disaster.
WEM 7.02(7) (7) “Division" means the Wisconsin division of emergency management.
WEM 7.02(8) (8) “Incident period" means the definite time interval of a major catastrophe with a specific start and end date.
WEM 7.02(9) (9) “Local governmental unit" has the meaning given in s. 19.42 (7u), Stats., and also includes a tribe or band.
WEM 7.02(10) (10) “Major catastrophe" has the meaning given in s. 166.02 (6u), Stats.
WEM 7.02 Note Note: Section 166.02 (6u), Stats., was repealed by 2009 Wis. Act 42.
WEM 7.02(11) (11) “Public assistance costs" are those costs incurred by a local governmental unit as a direct result of a disaster.
WEM 7.02(12) (12) “State" means the state of Wisconsin.
WEM 7.02(13) (13) “Tribe or band" has the meaning given in s. 66.0314 (1) (fe), Stats.
WEM 7.02 History History: CR 06-088: cr. Register November 2006 No. 611, eff. 12-1-06.
WEM 7.03 WEM 7.03Eligibility criteria.
WEM 7.03(1)(1) The division may make payments to eligible local governmental units under this chapter upon receipt and consideration of an application if the administrator determines all of the following:
WEM 7.03(1)(a) (a) The local governmental unit has suffered a major catastrophe.
WEM 7.03(1)(b) (b) A disaster or emergency declaration was issued by the local governmental unit or the state during the incident period of the major catastrophe.
WEM 7.03(1)(c) (c) The damages suffered and eligible costs incurred are the direct result of a major catastrophe.
WEM 7.03(1)(d) (d) Federal disaster assistance is not available for that major catastrophe because the governor's request that the president declare the catastrophe a major disaster under 42 USC 5170 has been denied or where no federal assistance is requested because the major catastrophe does not meet the statewide or countywide per capita impact indicator under the public assistance program guidelines issued by the federal emergency management agency.
WEM 7.03(1)(e) (e) At least one local governmental unit within the county or a tribal governmental unit has incurred public assistance costs that equal or exceed the countywide per capita impact indicator under the public assistance program guidelines issued by the federal emergency management agency. Only local units of government that reach this threshold will be eligible for assistance.
WEM 7.03(1)(f) (f) The local governmental unit will contribute at least 30% of the total amount of eligible costs incurred from the major catastrophe from other funding sources.
WEM 7.03(2) (2) In making a determination under sub. (1), the administrator shall consider all of the following:
WEM 7.03(2)(a) (a) The availability of funding from other federal or state government or private sources.
WEM 7.03(2)(b) (b) The availability of insurance.
WEM 7.03(2)(c) (c) Any other factors the administrator considers relevant.
WEM 7.03 History History: CR 06-088: cr. Register November 2006 No. 611, eff. 12-1-06.
WEM 7.04 WEM 7.04Application process.
WEM 7.04(1)(1) The division shall prepare application materials which may be updated as needed. The application materials shall set forth the application instructions and requirements for funding under this chapter.
WEM 7.04(2) (2) Within 30 days after the end of the incident period, a county, on behalf of eligible local units within the county or a tribal governmental unit, shall provide the administrator with a written notice of intent to apply. A late notice of intent may be cause for the denial of the application.
WEM 7.04(3) (3) Within 60 days after the end of the incident period of the major disaster, the county or a tribal governmental unit shall submit an Application for Wisconsin Disaster Assistance to the administrator. A complete application shall include the following:
WEM 7.04(3)(a) (a) The cause, the location of damage, a list of the affected local governmental units within the county and the incident period of the major catastrophe.
WEM 7.04(3)(b) (b) Documentation of a local, tribal, county or state disaster or emergency declaration in response to the major catastrophe.
WEM 7.04(3)(c) (c) A description of damages and the amount of eligible costs incurred by the eligible local governmental units and the population of each unit.
WEM 7.04(3)(d) (d) A statement or evidence that the local governmental unit has matching funds to cover at least 30% of the total of eligible costs incurred from the major catastrophe.
WEM 7.04(4) (4) The administrator shall review the application and supporting documentation for completeness and may return the application with a request for more detailed information. The administrator may, consult with local public officials to ensure the application reflects the extent and magnitude of the damage and to reconcile any differences. The application is not complete until the administrator receives all requested information. When the application is complete, a notice will be provided to the applicant of the administrator's approval of the application.
WEM 7.04(5) (5) An application returned to the applicant with a request for more detailed information or for correction of deficiencies must be resubmitted within 30 days from receipt by the applicant. The failure of the applicant to provide the requested information in a timely manner without a reasonable explanation may be cause for denial of the application.
WEM 7.04(6) (6) The administrator shall take no longer than 30 days from the time the application is deemed complete in which to approve or deny the application. Applications that are approved shall be paid in accordance with s. WEM 7.06. A letter of denial shall be sent upon decision by the administrator that the application is denied.
WEM 7.04(7) (7) If the application is approved, the administrator shall notify eligible local governmental units of the steps necessary to obtain payment or reimbursement for eligible costs as specified in s. WEM 7.05 (1), including submission of invoices or other documentation substantiating the costs to be reimbursed.
WEM 7.04 History History: CR 06-088: cr. Register November 2006 No. 611, eff. 12-1-06.
WEM 7.05 WEM 7.05Eligible and ineligible costs.
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