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  • Treasury Releases Guidance to Speed the Provision of Emergency Rental Assistance Relief and Support Housing Stability for Renters at Risk of Eviction

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Guidance to Speed the Provision of Emergency Rental Assistance Relief and Support Housing Stability for Renters at Risk of Eviction | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: June 24, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released guidance in the form of updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) and fact sheet to continue supporting the rapid deployment of Emergency Rental Assistance by states, territories, localities, and tribal governments. The FAQs build on prior actions to provide state and local governments with the tools they need to deliver relief to renters in need by helping grantees with implementation and best practices.

    The fact sheet is below and available here .

    The FAQs are available here .



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  • FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test for Aug. 11

    FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test for Aug. 11

    Federal Emergency Management Agency and Federal Communications Commission Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test for Aug. 11 | site |



    Test Messages Will be Sent to TVs and Radios Along with Select Cell Phones That Have Opted-in to Receive Test Messages



    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: June 11, 2021)

    Washington - - FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) this summer. The national test will consist of two portions, testing WEA and EAS capabilities. Both tests will begin at 2:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 11. The Wireless Emergency Alert portion of the test will be directed only to consumer cell phones where the subscriber has opted-in to receive test messages. This will be the second nationwide WEA test, but the first nationwide WE...
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  • The Federal Communications Commission further strengthens Emergency Alerting

    The Federal Communications Commission further strengthens Emergency Alerting

    The Federal Communications Commission further strengthens Emergency Alerting | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: June 17, 2021) Washington, June 17, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission today adopted rules to improve the way the public receives emergency alerts on their mobile phones, televisions, and radios. The nation’s Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts help keep the public safe and informed and are of ever-increasing importance given the emergencies and disasters Americans have faced in recent years. In 2018, however, a false emergency alert in Hawaii mistakenly warned of an incoming ballistic missile and highlighted the need to improve these systems. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 subsequently directed the Commission, in consultation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to adopt rules to strengthen emergency...
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  • FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell Delivers Speech at National Hurricane Conference

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell Delivers Speech at National Hurricane Conference | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: June 16, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell delivered a speech on hurricane and disaster preparedness at the National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans. Other speakers were Ken Graham, Director, National Hurricane Center, Miami; James Waskom, Director, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Baton Rouge, La.; and Kevin Guthrie, Director, Florida Division of Emergency Management, Tallahassee, Fla.

    Below is the administrator’s speech as prepared for delivery. Good afternoon. It is a pleasure to be here – in person – with all of you today. I am so proud of this community because you embody the resilience this nation demonstrated during the last 18 mont
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  • Federal Communications Commission announces Emergency Connectivity Fund Application Window will Open on June 29

    Federal Communications Commission announces Emergency Connectivity Fund Application Window will Open on June 29 | site |



    FCC says Schools and Libraries Will Have 45 Days to Apply for Support to Aid Students Who Fall into the Homework Gap


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: June 15, 2021) Washington, June 15, 2021 - - Today, FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced schools and libraries can begin to file applications on June 29 for the newly established $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund. Schools and libraries can apply for financial support to purchase laptops and tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connections for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons. During this 45-day application filing window, which will run from June 29 to August 13, eligible schools and libraries can submit requests for funding to purchase el...
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  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Awards 1.1 Billion Dollars in American Rescue Plan Funds for Emergency Housing Vouchers

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Awards $1.1 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funds for Emergency Housing Vouchers | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: June 10, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge today announced the awarding of the first tranche of American Rescue Plan funds for Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs) for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Specifically, HUD is awarding $1.1 billion - 70,000 vouchers - for 626 public housing authorities (PHAs) administering the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Click here for a full list of awards. “Addressing our nation’s homelessness crisis is a top priority for HUD,” said Secretary Fudge. “With COVID-19 still a threat and with the sweltering summer months just around the corner,
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  • FEMA says Pennsylvania Releases New Mapping Tool to Show Flood Risk

    FEMA says Pennsylvania Releases New Mapping Tool to Show Flood Risk

    Federal Emergency Management Agency says Pennsylvania Releases New Mapping Tool to Show Flood Risk | site |




    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: June 7, 2021)

    Philadelphia - - The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania released a new mobile tool, https://pafloodrisk.psu.edu/home/index.html , that provides the latest flood mapping information. The new mapping tool, which can be used from a desktop computer, cell phone, or other mobile device, brings together data from FEMA and across the Commonwealth into one consolidated application. “This is a great way for the residents of Pennsylvania to learn about their flood risk in an easy-to-access application”, said Maurie Kelly, Director of Informatics at Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment. “Users just type in their address and can immediately see information about their location, print a report, or get a quick 3D visualiz
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  • FCC says Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolls 2.3 Million Households in first 3 Weeks of Program

    Federal Communications Commission says Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolls 2.3 Million Households in first 3 Weeks of Program | site |



    Releases EBB public data tracking dashboard


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: June 7, 2021) Washington, June 7, 2021 - - Today FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolled over 2.3 million households into the subsidy program initiated by Congress. Since mid-May, households in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and American Samoa were approved to receive a discount on their monthly internet bills and have selected a participating EBB provider to receive internet service at home. “I am thrilled to see that the great need for affordable broadband support is being met with over 2 million households enrolled in three short weeks. I’ve also said we nee...
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  • FCC says Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolls over One Million Households

    Federal Communications Commission says Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolls over One Million Households | site |



    FCC says "One Week After the Program’s Launch, More Than One Million Households Are Receiving Monthly Internet Discounts"


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release statement dated: May 20, 2021) Washington, May 20, 2021 - - Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel today announced the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolled more than one million households in the first week of the program’s debut. Households in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa are benefitting from the subsidy program initiated by Congress. “The high demand we’ve seen for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program demonstrates what many of us already knew to be true – too many families are struggling to get online, even in 202...
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  • U.S. Department of the Treasury Announces Additional 21.6 Billion Dollars in Emergency Rental Assistance Allocation

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Announces Additional $21.6 Billion in Emergency Rental Assistance Allocation | site |



    Treasury says today’s announcement includes strengthened guidance to expedite resources and prevent evictions due to the affordable housing challenges exacerbated by Covid-19


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 7, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, in coordination with the White House American Rescue Plan Implementation Team and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, announced the allocation of an additional $21.6 billion under the American Rescue Plan for Emergency Rental Assistance, which will help prevent evictions and ensure basic housing security for millions of Americans impacted by the affordable housing challenges exacerbated by COVID-19. In addition to this financial support, Treasury issued updated, st
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  • FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA Revokes Emergency Use Authorization for Monoclonal Antibody Bamlanivimab

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Revokes Emergency Use Authorization for Monoclonal Antibody Bamlanivimab | site |



    FDA says "Alternative monoclonal antibody therapies authorized to treat patients with COVID-19 remain available"


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: April 16, 2021)

    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revoked the emergency use authorization (EUA) that allowed for the investigational monoclonal antibody therapy bamlanivimab, when administered alone, to be used for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and certain pediatric patients. Based on its ongoing analysis of emerging scientific data, specifically the sustained increase of SARS-CoV-2 viral variants that are resistant to bamlanivimab alone resulting in the increased risk for treatment failure, the FDA has determined that the known and potential
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  • FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Third COVID-19 Vaccine

    FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Third COVID-19 Vaccine

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Third COVID-19 Vaccine | site |



    FDA says "Action Advances Fight Against COVID-19, Follows Comprehensive Evaluation of Available Safety, Effectiveness and Manufacturing Quality Information by FDA Career Scientists, Input from External Experts"


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press released dated: February 27, 2021) Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the third vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The EUA allows the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S for use in individuals 18 years of age and older. “The authorization of this vaccine expands the availability of vaccines, the best medical prevention method for COVID-19, to help us in the fight against...
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  • Secretary Mayorkas’ Call with Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Blair

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’ Call with Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Blair | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: February 19, 2021) Washington - - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke with Canadian Federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair to discuss a wide range of security issues, including border safety measures in the COVID-19 environment, domestic violent extremism, cybersecurity, and gun control. Secretary Mayorkas and Minister Blair discussed the shared priority of securing our borders, while ensuring that essential trade and travel remain open to strengthen our economic security. They agreed that our nations must each continue to take steps to address the growing threat of domestic violent extremism, work together to defend our cyber networks, and tackle cr...
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  • Statement by Katharine Ferguson, USDA Chief of Staff, on the Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act

    Statement by Katharine Ferguson, USDA Chief of Staff, on the Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act | site | (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release dated: February 9, 2021) Washington, Feb. 9, 2021 — “We are pleased to see the introduction of the Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act yesterday in the Senate, a bill that will bring much-needed economic assistance during the pandemic and begin to advance equity for farmers of color. The bill is the culmination of hard work and collaboration among members of the Senate and House and new leadership at USDA who share a common purpose to end inequity in our food and agricultural systems. It’s a bill crafted to address the immediate need for debt relief among those who have been marginalized and are hurting while also advancing long-term issues such as Heirs’ Property, tackling the root causes of discrimination via an Equity Commission, and investing in building back a new ge...
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  • 2021 Special Enrollment Period in response to the COVID-19 Emergency

    2021 Special Enrollment Period in response to the COVID-19 Emergency

    2021 Special Enrollment Period in response to the COVID-19 Emergency | site |



    (Information contained in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS] newsroom Fact Sheet dated: January 28, 2021)

    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) national emergency has presented unprecedented challenges for the American public. Millions of Americans are facing uncertainty and millions of Americans are experiencing new health problems during the pandemic. Due to the exceptional circumstances and rapidly changing Public Health Emergency (PHE) impacting millions of people throughout the US every day, many Americans remain uninsured or underinsured and still need affordable health coverage. In accordance with the Executive Order issued today by President Biden, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) determined that the COVID-19 emergency presents exceptional circumstances for consumers in accessing health insurance and will provide a Special...
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    Treasury Releases Guidance to Speed the Provision of Emergency Rental Assistance Relief and Support Housing Stability for Renters at Risk of Eviction
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    U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Guidance to Speed the Provision of Emergency Rental Assistance Relief and Support Housing Stability for Renters at Risk of Eviction | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: June 24, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released guidance in the form of updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) and fact sheet to continue supporting the rapid deployment of Emergency Rental Assistance by states, territories, localities, and tribal governments. The FAQs build on prior actions to provide state and local governments with the tools they need to deliver relief to renters in need by helping grantees with implementation and best practices.

    The fact sheet is below and available here .

    The FAQs are available here .



    Emergency Rental Assistance Fact Sheet: Treasury Announces Further Action to Support Housing...
    06-26-2021, 02:25 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test for Aug. 11
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    Federal Emergency Management Agency and Federal Communications Commission Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test for Aug. 11 | site |



    Test Messages Will be Sent to TVs and Radios Along with Select Cell Phones That Have Opted-in to Receive Test Messages



    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: June 11, 2021)

    Washington - - FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) this summer. The national test will consist of two portions, testing WEA and EAS capabilities. Both tests will begin at 2:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 11. The Wireless Emergency Alert portion of the test will be directed only to consumer cell phones where the subscriber has opted-in to receive test messages. This will be the second nationwide WEA test, but the first nationwide WE...
    06-23-2021, 11:42 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    The Federal Communications Commission further strengthens Emergency Alerting
    by Staff Reporter 1
    The Federal Communications Commission further strengthens Emergency Alerting | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: June 17, 2021) Washington, June 17, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission today adopted rules to improve the way the public receives emergency alerts on their mobile phones, televisions, and radios. The nation’s Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts help keep the public safe and informed and are of ever-increasing importance given the emergencies and disasters Americans have faced in recent years. In 2018, however, a false emergency alert in Hawaii mistakenly warned of an incoming ballistic missile and highlighted the need to improve these systems. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 subsequently directed the Commission, in consultation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to adopt rules to strengthen emergency...
    06-18-2021, 03:11 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell Delivers Speech at National Hurricane Conference
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell Delivers Speech at National Hurricane Conference | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: June 16, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell delivered a speech on hurricane and disaster preparedness at the National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans. Other speakers were Ken Graham, Director, National Hurricane Center, Miami; James Waskom, Director, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Baton Rouge, La.; and Kevin Guthrie, Director, Florida Division of Emergency Management, Tallahassee, Fla.

    Below is the administrator’s speech as prepared for delivery. Good afternoon. It is a pleasure to be here – in person – with all of you today. I am so proud of this community because you embody the resilience this nation demonstrated during the last 18 mont
    ...
    06-17-2021, 07:59 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Communications Commission announces Emergency Connectivity Fund Application Window will Open on June 29
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Communications Commission announces Emergency Connectivity Fund Application Window will Open on June 29 | site |



    FCC says Schools and Libraries Will Have 45 Days to Apply for Support to Aid Students Who Fall into the Homework Gap


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: June 15, 2021) Washington, June 15, 2021 - - Today, FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced schools and libraries can begin to file applications on June 29 for the newly established $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund. Schools and libraries can apply for financial support to purchase laptops and tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connections for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons. During this 45-day application filing window, which will run from June 29 to August 13, eligible schools and libraries can submit requests for funding to purchase el...
    06-16-2021, 08:21 AM

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