Gov. Evers declares State of Emergency

Published: Jan. 28, 2019 at 12:22 PM CST
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An ongoing winter storm and the pending dangerous wind chills prompted Governor Tony Evers to declare a State of Emergency for the entire state of Wisconsin

“I’m concerned about the safety and well-being of our residents as this major storm and bitter cold moves in,” said Gov. Evers. “I want to make sure all state assets are available, including the Wisconsin National Guard if needed, to help communities across the state and keep people warm and safe.”

Winter storm warnings have been issued for much of Wisconsin. Heavy snow is expected to move across the state. Many areas could receive seven – 14 inches of snow. Strong winds will cause hazardous road conditions.

Temperatures will fall below zero Monday night, and it will not rise back above zero until Friday. Wind chills could be from -35 to -50.

According to the release, the Governor’s Executive Order directs all state agencies to assist if there are any emergency response and recovery efforts associated with the snowstorm and cold. It also gives Wisconsin’s Adjutant General Dunbar the authority to call to state active duty soldiers and airmen of Wisconsin National Guard to support local emergency responders if needed.

State offices remain open to the public and to all state employees. State agencies will follow their inclement weather policies.

to read the Executive Order.