FEMA ADVISORY – May 5, 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Whole-of-America Response
Attached you will find today’s FEMA Daily Briefing Points for the Whole-of-America response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These briefing points include Topline Messages, as well as Supply Chain Task Force; By the Numbers; FEMA and Department of Health and Human Services Response; and Guidance from Federal Agencies.
Topline messaging includes:
- On May 4, FEMA announced $200 million in supplemental funding from the CARES act for grants through its Emergency Food and Shelter Program.
- Combined with the $120 million in annual funding appropriated by Congress, a total of $320 million will be distributed beginning in early June to human service organizations assisting those in need throughout the country.
- These funds will be allocated to local jurisdictions across the country to supplement organizations dedicated to feeding, sheltering, and providing critical resources to people experiencing, or at-risk of experiencing, hunger and homelessness.
- As of May 4, FEMA, HHS, and the private sector combined have coordinated the delivery of or are currently shipping: 66.8 million N95 respirators, 115.4 million surgical masks, 7.5 million face shields, 18.7 million surgical gowns, 946.6 million gloves, 10,663 ventilators and 8,450 federal medical station beds.
- FEMA is coordinating two shipments totaling a 14-day supply of personal protective equipment to all 15,400 Medicaid and Medicare-certified nursing homes. The shipments are meant to supplement existing efforts to provide equipment to nursing homes.
- As of May 4, CDC, state, and local public health labs and other laboratories have tested more than 7 million samples.
- The President’s Testing Blueprint sets forth the partnership between federal, state, local, and tribal governments, along with the private-sector and professional associations, all of which play important roles in meeting the Nation’s testing needs.
- To support the Administration’s Testing Blueprint, FEMA is working to source and procure testing material – specifically, testing swabs and transport media.
- The FEMA-sourced material will be provided to states, territories and tribes for a limited duration to help increase testing capacity in support of their individualized plans.
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