The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released its updated Public Assistance Guidance for COVID-19 reimbursable expenditures under the Public Assistance Program. The guidance is meant to clarify these parameters, particularly in relation to emergency protective measures.
As of September 15, FEMA may provide assistance only for the following emergency protective measures in response to COVID-19 declared events:
- Medical care, in accordance with COVID-19 specific policy or subsequent updates
- Purchase and distribution of food, in accordance with COVID-19 specific policy or subsequent updates
- Non-congregate medical sheltering, in accordance with COVID-19 specific policy or subsequent updates
- Operation of Emergency Operations Centers to direct and coordinate resources and response activities for COVID-19 declarations
- Communications to disseminate public information regarding health and safety measures and provide warnings about risks and hazards
- Mass casualty management, including storage of human remains and mass mortuary services, as necessary to manage fatalities caused by COVID-19
- Purchase and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is directly related to the performance of otherwise eligible emergency work or is provided to healthcare workers, patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection, and first responders
- Funding for stockpiling a supply of eligible PPE is limited to a supply that is projected for up to 60 days from date of purchase
- Funding for storing eligible PPE limited to what is necessary to store a projected 60-day PPE supply
The full updated guidance can be accessed here. For any questions, please contact Steve Stevens.