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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Federal Government Partners COVID-19 Response

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The federal government continues taking aggressive and proactive steps to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The health and safety of the American people is our top priority. Under the direction of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, FEMA, HHS and our federal partners are working with state, local, tribal and territorial governments to execute a whole of government response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the public.

The American people play a key role in the nation’s 15 Days to Slow the Spread campaign to help slow the virus’ spread and keep our most high-risk populations safe. The initiative presents the entire country with an opportunity to implement actions designed to slow and limit the spread of COVID-19, like staying home as much as much as possible, canceling or postponing gatherings of more than 10 people, and taking additional steps to distance themselves from other people. For the latest updates and information on how to protect yourself and what to do if you think you are sick is available at www.coronavirus.gov.

On March 27, President Trump signed the CARES Act into law. The CARES Act allocates $2 trillion to COVID-19 response efforts.

On March 22, President Trump directed the Secretary of Defense to permit full Federal reimbursement, by FEMA for the states of California, New York and Washington, for states’ use of their National Guard forces. On March 28, President Trump approved requests from Florida, Guam, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. The President’s action provides Governors continued command of their National Guard forces, while being federally funded under Title 32, enabling these States to use the additional resources to meet the missions necessary in the COVID-19 response.

As of March 28, FEMA, via the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), has delivered, or is shipping: 11.6 million N-95 respirators, 26 million surgical masks, 5.2 million face shields, 4.3 million surgical gowns, 22 million gloves, 132, 000 coveralls and 8,100 ventilators. FEMA is expediting movement of critical supplies from the global market to medical distributers in various locations across the United States. Movement of supplies began on Saturday, March 28. The first flight will arrive today, March 29, with 80 tons of personal protection equipment (PPE) supplies including 130,000 N95 respirators, 1.8 million face masks and gowns, 30 million gloves and thousands of thermometers for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Twenty-four states and 12 tribes have issued stay at home orders.

FEMA: COVID-19 Pandemic Whole-of-Government Response (PDF)


FEMA Offers Ways for Private Sector to Help Fight COVID-19

Under the White House Coronavirus Task Force’s direction, FEMA, HHS and our federal partners continue to work closely with state, local, tribal and territorial governments in executing a whole-of-government response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the public. The outpouring of support from the private sector to provide medical supplies and equipment has been tremendous. To help us match the many offers of assistance to the right place, at the right time, and in the right quantity, we ask for your help in ensuring partners know how to connect.

To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please submit a price quote under the COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies Request for Quotation. Full details can be found in the solicitation (Updated Notice ID 70FA2020R00000011). This solicitation requires registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to be considered for award, pursuant to applicable regulations and guidelines. Registration information can be found at www.sam.gov. Registration must be “ACTIVE” at the time of award.

If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide us details on what you are offering through our online medical supplies and equipment form at https://www.fema.gov/covid19offers.

If you are interested in doing business with FEMA and supporting the response to COVID-19 with your company’s non-medical goods and/or services, please submit your inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security’s Procurement Action Innovative Response (PAIR) team at DHSIndustryLiaison@hq.dhs.gov

In addition to these avenues to help, licensed healthcare professionals that want to volunteer can get information on eligibility, view credential levels by clinical competency and register with the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals in their state.

 Additional ways to help can be found at www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help

FEMA COVID-19 Response (PDF)
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