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Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

Wis. Stat. 323.44

Summary Title

Liability: Providing Shelter

Summary

An individual who permits the state to use the individual’s real property during a training activity, actual disaster, or threatened disaster without compensation will not be held legally responsible for injury or death that occurs on the premises as long as the individual made known any hidden dangers or safety hazards of which the individual was aware.

Full Title

Public shelters

Full Text

(1) Any person owning or controlling real property who voluntarily and without compensation permits the state or any of its political subdivisions to inspect, designate, and use the whole or any part of the real property for the purpose of sheltering persons during a disaster, an imminent threat of a disaster, or a related training exercise is immune from civil liability for negligently causing the death of or injury to any person on or about the real property while it is being used to shelter persons during a disaster, an imminent threat of a disaster, or a related training exercise, if the owner or controller has complied with sub. (2). (2) Any person owning or controlling real property who gratuitously grants the use of that real property for the purposes stated in sub. (1) shall make known to the licensee any hidden dangers or safety hazards which are known to the owner or occupant of the real property that might possibly result in death or injury or loss of property to any person making use of the property.