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  • FEMA Announces Operational Guidance for Disaster Response and Recovery in Pandemic Environment

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Announces Operational Guidance for Disaster Response and Recovery in Pandemic Environment | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: May 17, 2021)

    Washington - - For the second year in a row, FEMA is prepared to respond to disasters as the nation continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    FEMA released the “COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance: All-Hazards Incident Response and Recovery,” a document aimed at helping emergency managers plan for disaster response and recovery, while adhering to public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more than a year, the emergency management community has been operating in a pandemic environment, and FEMA has emphasized the importance of all state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) governments applying lessons learned from 2020, as they prepare for operati
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  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Announces 1.69 Billion Dollars for Amtrak in Response to COVID-19

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Announces $1.69 Billion for Amtrak in Response to COVID-19 | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration press release dated: April 27, 2021) Washington - - U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg today announced that the Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is making more than $1.69 billion available to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) to provide relief from the impacts of COVID-19 to the company’s business operations, workforce, and state funding partners. The funding is provided under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. “Help is here. The President’s American Rescue Plan is already delivering for workers and the traveling public,” said Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “This new assistance for Amtrak will get employees back to work and restore service on routes across the country, at a time ...
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces CFC Nationwide Special Solicitation for 2021 Winter Storm Shirley Response and Recovery

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces CFC Nationwide Special Solicitation for 2021 Winter Storm Shirley Response and Recovery | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management press released dated: March 11, 2021) Washington, D.C. - - Today, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) will conduct a special solicitation to support charities serving and affected by Winter Storm Shirley. This special solicitation will run through April 9. On February 20, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Texas and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms beginning on February 11, 2021 and continuing. Millions of Americans are in great need, with many still without water, food, and other basic needs. In response to the appeals from the Federal Executive Boards i...
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  • FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution - - - COVID-19 Response Update

    FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution - - - COVID-19 Response Update

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Supports Vaccine Distribution: COVID-19 Response Update | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: March 2, 2021)


    Washington - - FEMA continues its push to speed up vaccinations across the country, supporting states as they open additional community vaccination centers this week. In addition to Pfizer and Moderna, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be delivered to three federal pilot community vaccination centers in California, Florida and Texas, helping to bring this unprecedented pandemic to an end. FEMA continues increasing vaccine allocations to states, tribes and territories, ensuring everyone who wants a vaccine can get one. Using data from CDC’s social vulnerability index, the agency is partnering with state leaders to identify community vaccination centers where they will be able to do the most good for the most vulnerable populations. Today, a comm...
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  • FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution - - - COVID-19 Response Update

    FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution - - - COVID-19 Response Update

    FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution: COVID-19 Response Update | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: February 9, 2021)

    Washington - - FEMA has now provided more than $3.15 billion to states, tribes, territories and the District of Columbia for expenses related to COVID-19 vaccination at 100% federal cost share and deployed 752 incident management and 317 incident support staff across the nation to support vaccine centers with federal personnel and technical assistance. Additional FEMA staff across the country are supporting virtually. FEMA is supporting vaccination centers by providing expedited financial assistance, federal equipment and supplies, and deploying federal personnel to states, tribes, territories and other eligible applicants for vaccination efforts. This assistance is processed when a request is submitted. As the number of states with obligations increases, ...
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  • FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution: COVID-19 Response Update

    FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution: COVID-19 Response Update

    FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution: COVID-19 Response Update | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: February 1, 2021)

    Washington - - FEMA has now obligated more than $1.7 billion to states, tribes and territories, and Washington, D.C., for vaccination sites and deployed more than 300 staff to 10 states and one territory to support vaccination centers with personnel and technical assistance. Additional staff across the country are supporting virtually. In the last 48 hours, the following obligations over $1 million were made:
    • $51.6 million to Alabama.
    • $5.9 million to California.
    • $245 million to Florida.
    • $104.6 million to Georgia.
    • $46.9 million to Kentucky.
    • $15 million to Minnesota.
    • $32 million to Mississippi.
    • $103 million to North Carolina.
    • $2.5 million to South Carolina.
    • $68.5 million to Tennessee.
    • $3.2 million to Virginia.
    • $47 million to Wisconsin.
    As of Jan....
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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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  • American Medical Association Underscores need for Coordinated, Comprehensive Pandemic Response

    American Medical Association Underscores need for Coordinated, Comprehensive Pandemic Response | site |




    (Information contained in American Medical Association [AMA] press release dated: January 12, 2021)


    Chicago - - In a national address today, American Medical Association (AMA) President Susan R. Bailey, M.D., outlined immediate action necessary for a coordinated, comprehensive federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The address, titled “COVID-19: The Long Road to Recovery,” focused on steps policymakers should take to tackle the pandemic and ensure we are better prepared for future tests of our health system and public health infrastructure. Dr. Bailey also focused on the need for a science-based approach to decision making, highlighted the scientifically rigorous process that produced the COVID-19 vaccines, and urged Americans to get the vaccine when it is their turn. In the speech delivered via livestream ...
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  • FEMA Reimburses nearly 7 Million Dollars to Massachusetts for COVID-19 Food Security Response

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Reimburses nearly $7 Million to Massachusetts for COVID-19 Food Security Response | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: December 31, 2020)


    Region 1 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $6,993,801 to Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to reimburse eligible expenses for the delivery of food boxes to hundreds of thousands of residents in response to food insecurity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. MEMA, along with the assistance of the Salvation Army, and a network of food banks and food pantries throughout Massachusetts coordinated and distributed 275,808 food boxes to eligible participants. “We are pleased to provide this significant grant to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to help manage the financial demands associated with providing food for its citizens needing assistance during COVID-19,” said Region...
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  • Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on Passage of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act

    Statement by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on Passage of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release statement: December 22, 2020)



    Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on Passage of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act

    Washington - - Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement on passage of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021: “I am pleased that the United States Senate and House of Representatives have passed on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. I want to thank President Trump for his leadership and Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Speaker Pel...
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  • HHS Announces that CDC will Award Nearly 227 Million Dollars for COVID-19 Vaccine Preparedness and Response Activities

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces that CDC will Award Nearly $227 million for COVID-19 Vaccine Preparedness and Response Activities | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release: December 15, 2020) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will award $140 million for COVID-19 vaccine preparedness and almost $87 million for tracking and testing to 64 jurisdictions, including all 50 states and U.S. territories. “States and other public health jurisdictions are vital partners in the COVID-19 response and especially in the plans for distributing safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “This new round of funding will help these awardees continue to plan for and implement their COVID-19 vaccine programs, in collaboration with CDC, Operation Warp Speed, and the private-sector distribu...
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  • American Medical Association President urges reliance on Science to Guide COVID-19 Response

    American Medical Association President urges: Rely on Science to Guide COVID-19 Response | site |


    (November 13, 2020) - - On November 13, 2020 the American Medical Association published the following information: CHICAGO — With COVID-19 cases at an all-time high, American Medical Association (AMA) President Susan R. Bailey, M.D., today addressed the Special Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates and outlined ongoing challenges in the fight against COVID-19, praised physicians and other frontline health care workers battling the virus, and discussed how only science and evidence will light our way forward. Dr. Bailey also touted AMA efforts to boost availability of PPE and testing supplies, as well as ongoing work to provide financial lifelines to physician practices across the country so they can survive the pandemic and continue to serve their communities. Finally, with significant advances regarding vaccines on the horizon, Dr. Bai...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases COVID-19 Response Report

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases COVID-19 Response Report

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases COVID-19 Response Report | site |


    (November 9, 2020) - - On November 9, 2020 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs today announced publication of its Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response Report detailing its efforts to address the pandemic from early January through June 30. The report results are a continuation of VA’s pledge to share best practices and lessons learned with other government agencies and the private health care system while the country fights COVID-19. “As the nation’s largest integrated health care system, VA’s COVID-19 response has been robust and far-reaching. This includes 24 current and 75 completed Fourth Mission assignments involving more than 2,000 VA employees helping to support non-Veteran patients and non-VA health care systems,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This
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  • Readout from the Trump Administration’s 40th Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response and Vaccine Distribution Best Practices

    Readout from the Trump Administration’s 40th Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response and Vaccine Distribution Best Practices | site |



    (October 30, 2020) - - On October 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information:

    Today, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar led a discussion with the chief executives and senior leaders of approximately 50 states, territories, and the city of Washington, D.C., and the White House Coronavirus Task Force on local, state, and federal COVID-19 response and recovery efforts and continued collaboration on vaccine distribution and administration planning. Earlier today, HHS responded to our nation’s governors thoughtful technical questions on vaccine planning and distribution effort, which can be found here*. Ambassador Birx provided an update on data and trends from across the nation, and discussed her recent visits to states in the upper Midwest and
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  • Weekly Update - - Department of Homeland Security Response to COVID-19

    Weekly Update - - Department of Homeland Security Response to COVID-19

    Weekly Update: Department of Homeland Security Response to COVID-19 | site |



    (November 2, 2020 - November 3, 2020) - - On these dates, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published/updated the following information:

    Throughout the pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has stood ready to assist communities across the nation in the fight against COVID-19.


    “Under the guidance of President Trump and this Administration, the Department of Homeland Security has taken unprecedented action to fight COVID-19,” said Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli. “There is no doubt that the COVID-19 related measures the Department undertook, especially at our southern border, continues to save American lives. DHS stands ready to assist and address unforeseen challenges that come our way, and we remain committed to protecting the safety and security of the American public.”

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    FEMA Announces Operational Guidance for Disaster Response and Recovery in Pandemic Environment
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    Federal Emergency Management Agency Announces Operational Guidance for Disaster Response and Recovery in Pandemic Environment | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: May 17, 2021)

    Washington - - For the second year in a row, FEMA is prepared to respond to disasters as the nation continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    FEMA released the “COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance: All-Hazards Incident Response and Recovery,” a document aimed at helping emergency managers plan for disaster response and recovery, while adhering to public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more than a year, the emergency management community has been operating in a pandemic environment, and FEMA has emphasized the importance of all state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) governments applying lessons learned from 2020, as they prepare for operati
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    U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Announces 1.69 Billion Dollars for Amtrak in Response to COVID-19
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    U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Announces $1.69 Billion for Amtrak in Response to COVID-19 | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration press release dated: April 27, 2021) Washington - - U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg today announced that the Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is making more than $1.69 billion available to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) to provide relief from the impacts of COVID-19 to the company’s business operations, workforce, and state funding partners. The funding is provided under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. “Help is here. The President’s American Rescue Plan is already delivering for workers and the traveling public,” said Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “This new assistance for Amtrak will get employees back to work and restore service on routes across the country, at a time ...
    05-13-2021, 08:39 AM
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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces CFC Nationwide Special Solicitation for 2021 Winter Storm Shirley Response and Recovery
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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces CFC Nationwide Special Solicitation for 2021 Winter Storm Shirley Response and Recovery | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management press released dated: March 11, 2021) Washington, D.C. - - Today, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) will conduct a special solicitation to support charities serving and affected by Winter Storm Shirley. This special solicitation will run through April 9. On February 20, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Texas and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms beginning on February 11, 2021 and continuing. Millions of Americans are in great need, with many still without water, food, and other basic needs. In response to the appeals from the Federal Executive Boards i...
    03-14-2021, 05:20 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution - - - COVID-19 Response Update
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Emergency Management Agency Supports Vaccine Distribution: COVID-19 Response Update | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: March 2, 2021)


    Washington - - FEMA continues its push to speed up vaccinations across the country, supporting states as they open additional community vaccination centers this week. In addition to Pfizer and Moderna, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be delivered to three federal pilot community vaccination centers in California, Florida and Texas, helping to bring this unprecedented pandemic to an end. FEMA continues increasing vaccine allocations to states, tribes and territories, ensuring everyone who wants a vaccine can get one. Using data from CDC’s social vulnerability index, the agency is partnering with state leaders to identify community vaccination centers where they will be able to do the most good for the most vulnerable populations. Today, a comm...
    03-03-2021, 04:26 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution - - - COVID-19 Response Update
    by Staff Reporter 1
    FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution: COVID-19 Response Update | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: February 9, 2021)

    Washington - - FEMA has now provided more than $3.15 billion to states, tribes, territories and the District of Columbia for expenses related to COVID-19 vaccination at 100% federal cost share and deployed 752 incident management and 317 incident support staff across the nation to support vaccine centers with federal personnel and technical assistance. Additional FEMA staff across the country are supporting virtually. FEMA is supporting vaccination centers by providing expedited financial assistance, federal equipment and supplies, and deploying federal personnel to states, tribes, territories and other eligible applicants for vaccination efforts. This assistance is processed when a request is submitted. As the number of states with obligations increases, ...
    02-10-2021, 07:23 PM

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