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Prepping for Disaster Assessment


Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are in the area today, assessing the damage caused by more than 20 tornados on Thursday.

Officials say it's the first step in applying for federal disaster aid, and a possible federal disaster declaration.

Tuesday, various federal, state, and local agencies will be touring the disaster sites, looking at the damage, and verifying the numbers.

Officials say home and business owners should let their county emergency management director know about their damage. Spokeswoman Lori Getter says, "The best thing, whether they have a few singles off or their house was partially destroyed, is to call the county emergency management office to let them know. So that we have a good picture, good numbers of how much damage the storms caused last week."

Officials say all of the information will be given to Governor Doyle later this week to use in his request for federal disaster aid.

To report damage in Dane County call (608) 226–4330. People in Richland County should call (608) 647–8187.


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