COVID-19 - Coronavirus Resources

The League is committed to helping Wisconsin’s cities and villages do their job. That includes helping you navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. This page is where you’ll find answers to questions that you and other municipal officials have been asking. We’re already discovering that many of your questions are of the “I never thought of that” variety, and the League is tracking down answers and options to those questions as rapidly as possible. If you don’t find what you need, please contact Jerry Deschane at email. His cell number is 608-347-1792. Call anytime, day or night.  

We know that you feel the responsibility is on your shoulders to inform and protect your community. You are an important part of that community, so please also take care of yourselves and your families!

Department of Health Services Emergency Order #12 Safer at Home  & Frequently Asked Questions

More information, including an analysis of the impact of the order on municipalities, under Emergency Orders - State

League Virtual Roundtable

League Conference Calls so that you can talk with each other. One of our strengths is each other.  

Friday, April 3, 2020 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 
(Call in information is different. Check back.)

League COVID-19 Newsletters If you aren’t receiving these email newsletters, you can subscribe here.   

March 31, 2020 - Grant Opportunity, White House Call & Census Day
March 30, 2020 - Elections and Election Resources
March 27, 2020 - Result of Safe Elections Practices Survey & Letter from Gov. Evers
March 26, 2020 - Analysis of Safer at Home Order & Sample FFCRA Policy
March 25, 2020 - Safer at Home & PSC on Payments to Utilities
March 24, 2020 - Emergency Order Safer at Home
March 23, 2020 - Shelter in Place, Elections & Open Meetings Options
March 22, 2020 - Utility Billing & Elections
March 20, 2020 – Letter to Governor on Elections
March 19, 2020 - Emergency Order, Elections & Alcohol Sales
March 18, 2020 - Track your expenses
March 17, 2020 - Muni Emergency Powers
March 16, 2020 - Conference Call Today
March 12, 2020 - Coronavirus Update with Resources

Conference Calls and Newsletters will be provided as needed. Wondering about League meetings and workshops?  More on that here

Policy Issues 

We will add additional categories as they become apparent and information as it becomes available. 


Emergency Powers



Libraries (American Library Association Pandemic Preparedness) 

Open Meetings

Public Facilities (Centers for Disease Control - Large Gatherings) 


Legal Documents & Information

These will be cross-posted with the Policy Issues when/if we have the opportunity to do so.  

Assistance - Federal & State

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 

Communication Tools

NEW - 10 Ways You Can Do Your Part: Going the Distance Together (PDF)  The UW-Madison Communication Collaborative for COVID19 Coronavirus Response Team (Initiated by the League.) 

During an emergency, the right message, from the right person, at the right time can save lives. (PDF) CDC Crisis Communications

Please share these two basic League Facebook posts:  
World Health Organization chart clearly laying out the symptoms for the Coronavirus, flu and a cold. The chart and an explanation of why "Flattening the Curve" is important to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. 

Canva Coronavirus Templates for you to use

Framing COVID-19 - The Frameworks Institute

Examples of Wisconsin City and Village Communications 

Webpages from across the state dedicated to COVID-19, public health orders, letters to Legislators, videos, etc. 

For Businesses

Ideas for Downtowns and Small Businesses