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ICYMI -- FEMA Announces Community-Driven Relocation program, Shares Additional Resources for Tribal Communities
ICYMI -- FEMA Announces Community-Driven Relocation program, Shares Additional Resources for Tribal Communities

WASHINGTON -- Earlier this week, the Biden-Harris administration announced the launch of a new Voluntary Community-Driven Relocation program, led by the Department of the Interior, to assist tribal communities severely impacted by climate-related environmental threats.

Through investments from President Joseph R. Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, the Department of the Interior is committing $115 million for 11 severely impacted tribes to advance relocation efforts and adaptation planning. Additional support for relocation will be provided by FEMA and the Denali Commission.

This announcement is part of larger efforts being undertaken by the Community-Driven Relocation Subcommittee as part of the White House National Climate Task Force, which the White House launched in August 2022. This Interagency Subcommittee is co-led by FEMA and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI).

“Now more than ever, communities across the nation are making, or have already made, the tough decision to seek higher ground and relocate away from harm’s way,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. “As climate change continues to displace people, FEMA, alongside our federal partners, will continue to use every tool at our disposal, including community-driven relocation, to make all communities more resilient, especially those that have been historically underserved.”

Community-Driven Relocation Subcommittee

The phrase “community-driven relocation” is deliberate. The intent is to collectively reinforce that it is essential for the consideration or implementation of planned relocation projects to be grounded in a community’s ability to define and determine their future.

The interagency Community-Driven Relocation Subcommittee aims to bridge the gap between communities seeking assistance with relocation and the resources available across the federal government. Within the subcommittee, there is representation from the White House and 14 federal agencies.

FEMA Mitigation Grants Available for Relocation Projects

FEMA will continue to provide communities with appropriate support to facilitate their relocation priorities. To date, FEMA mitigation grant funds can support relocations through multiple funding streams. This includes Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs through buyouts of individual properties, relocation of critical facilities, and in a few cases includes the movement of entire communities.  Multiple FEMA programs can be leveraged for relocation funding.

Approximately $17.7 million has been provided, or is in the process of being provided, to assist the Newtok Village, the Native Village of Napakiak, and Quinault Indian Nation in their efforts to acquire, demolish and build new infrastructure out of harm’s way. These projects were funded with grants from the following three programs Building Resilient Infrastructure and Community, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and a 2019 sunset grant program known as Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program.  In addition, through Legislative Pre-Disaster Mitigation Community, the Quinault Indian Nation received a Congressional appropriation of $1.4 million.

A fact sheet summarizing these projects and more information about FEMA’s efforts to support community-driven relocation can be found here.

luther.wills-dudich Fri, 12/02/2022 - 21:23

Fri, 02 Dec 2022 21:23:21 +0000


Centros de Recuperación por Desastre abren para ayudar a sobrevivientes del huracán Ian
Centros de Recuperación por Desastre abren para ayudar a sobrevivientes del huracán Ian

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Centros de Recuperación por Desastre han abierto en los condados de Georgetown y Horry para ayudar a los residentes de Carolina del Sur que fueron afectados por el huracán Ian a solicitar asistencia.

Se hacen todos los esfuerzos por ubicar los centros de recuperación en zonas que queden tan cerca como sea practicable a las comunidades afectadas por el huracán Ian para que todo centro esté convenientemente disponible a los sobrevivientes.

El centro de Horry abrió el jueves y se prevé que el centro en el condado de Georgetown abrirá el viernes en la mañana. Un tercer centro de recuperación abrirá el lunes 5 de diciembre en el condado de Charleston. Los centros cuentan con el personal altamente capacitado de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés), también como los representantes de las agencias estatales de Carolina del Sur y de la Agencia Federal de Pequeñas Empresas.

CONDADO DE HORRY

Centro recreativo de Carolina Forest, Salón multiuso B

2254 Carolina Forest Blvd.

Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

Abrió: 1 p.m. el jueves 1 de diciembre

Horario: 9 a.m. a 6 p.m. de lunes a viernes; 9 a.m. al mediodía los sábados; cerrado los domingos

 

CONDADO DE GEORGETOWN

Centro recreativo regional de Waccamaw

83 Duncan Ave.

Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Abrirá: 1 p.m. el viernes 2 de diciembre

Horario: 9 a.m. a 6 p.m. de lunes a viernes; 9 a.m. al mediodía los sábados; cerrado los domingos

 

CONDADO DE CHARLESTON

Obras Públicas de North Charleston

5800 Casper Padgett Way

North Charleston, SC 29406

Abrirá: 1 p.m. el lunes 5 de diciembre

Horario: 9 a.m. a 6 p.m. de lunes a viernes; 9 a.m. al mediodía los sábados; cerrado los domingos

 

Los especialistas en los centros de recuperación pueden ayudarle a actualizar sus solicitudes con FEMA y a aprender más sobre los programas estatales y comunitarios y otras formas de asistencia disponibles. Pueden clarificar la información que usted ha recibido de FEMA u otras agencias; pueden explicar sobre la asistencia de alquiler disponible para propietarios de vivienda e inquilinos; y pueden enviar sus documentos solicitados por fax a un centro de procesamiento de FEMA y digitalizar o copiar información o documentos nuevos que se necesitan para los expedientes de casos.

Se exhorta a los sobrevivientes a solicitar asistencia federal de FEMA antes de visitar al Centro de Recuperación por Desastre. A continuación, se enumeran las otras maneras de solicitar asistencia:

-         Visite DisasterAssistance.gov/es;

-         Use la aplicación móvil de FEMA; o

-         Llame a la Línea de ayuda de FEMA al 800-621-3362. Hay ayuda disponible en muchos idiomas. Si usa un servicio de retransmisión de video (VRS, por sus siglas en inglés), servicio telefónico con subtítulos u otros, proporcione el número para ese servicio a FEMA. Los operadores de la Línea de ayuda hablan muchos idiomas y las líneas están abiertas todos los días de 7 a.m. a 11 p.m. Marque 2 para español. Marque 3 para un intérprete que hable su idioma.

-         Para un video accesible sobre cómo solicitar asistencia, visite youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw.

Los Centros de Recuperación por Desastre también son accesibles para personas con discapacidades. Cuentan con equipo de tecnología de asistencia que permite a los sobrevivientes de desastre interactuar con el personal. Servicios de Interpretación por Video a Distancia están disponibles y servicios de interpretación del lenguaje de señas están disponibles en persona previa solicitud. Los centros también tienen estacionamiento, rampas y baños accesibles.

Además de los centros de recuperación, los equipos de asistencia a sobrevivientes del desastre están recorriendo los vecindarios en zonas afectadas por el huracán Ian para ayudar a los residentes a solicitar asistencia y responder preguntas sobre la asistencia federal. Estos especialistas de FEMA llevan vestimenta de FEMA y tienen credenciales federales con sus fotografías. Este servicio no tiene ningún costo.

Para la información más actualizada sobre la recuperación de Carolina del Sur del huracán Ian, visite FEMA.gov/es/disaster/4677. También puede seguir a https://twitter.com/SCEMD o la Región 4 de FEMA; @FEMARegion4/Twitter y Facebook.com/FEMA.

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La misión de FEMA es ayudar a las personas antes, durante y después de los desastres.

Toda asistencia por desastre de FEMA será brindada sin discriminación basada en la raza, el color, el sexo (incluido el acoso sexual), la orientación sexual, la religión, el origen nacional, la edad, la discapacidad, el dominio limitado del inglés o la situación económica. Si usted cree que sus derechos civiles están siendo violados, llame a la línea de Recursos de Derechos Civiles al 833-285-7448.

ron.roth Fri, 12/02/2022 - 16:11

Fri, 02 Dec 2022 16:11:45 +0000


ICYMI: FEMA Hosts Third Annual Civil Rights Summit
ICYMI: FEMA Hosts Third Annual Civil Rights Summit

WASHINGTON -- FEMA hosted its third annual civil rights summit on Nov. 29 and 30, assembling a diverse and experienced lineup of speakers from both the federal family and community organizations to discuss integrating civil rights into our work.

In addition to speakers from FEMA, presenters included representatives from nonprofit, federal and academic organizations such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the American Red Cross, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, University of South Carolina School of Law, FEMA’s National Tribal Affairs Advocate and the City of Philadelphia Fire Commissioner, among others. A full list of speakers is available here.

During the summit, presenters shared their wealth of knowledge and information gleaned from their areas of expertise and personal experiences, while speakers from FEMA focused specifically on how the agency is working to make civil rights a priority in the work it does now and into the future.

“We are on a mission at FEMA to honor and build upon the decades-long and heroic work of our nation’s civil rights leaders to advance equity and justice for all,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. “That’s why we believe it’s not enough to simply increase equity during and after disasters; we must get help to all people, in all communities, well before disaster strikes.”

“Underserved communities are often hit the hardest by disasters and other hazards, worsening inequities already present in society. Continuing to ignore the needs of underserved communities will only propagate cycles of inequity, which can lead to attitudes of mistrust and despair,” said FEMA Deputy Administrator Erik A. Hooks. “This summit underscores FEMA’s commitment to breaking this cycle through instilling equity and civil rights as a foundation of emergency management.”

“I am incredibly grateful to our civil rights and community partners, as well my FEMA and emergency management family, for attending and participating in today’s summit,” said FEMA’s Office of Equal Rights Director Leslie Saucedo. “It’s a demonstration of our shared desire to grow and improve how we serve the public following a disaster, on what many describe as their worst day.”  

“Asian Americans Advancing Justice -- AAJC is encouraged by FEMA’s equity focus on its new strategic plan and emergency management activities because it is imperative that communities of color, immigrant families and underserved communities are treated with equity, dignity and respect during natural disasters,” said Asian Americans Advancing Justice -- AAJC’s President and Executive Director, John C. Yang. “We strongly advocate for FEMA to develop multi-language resources and culturally competent services for Asian American communities, which has more than 100 languages and 50 different ethnicities, to ensure that our communities are not at a disadvantage when danger strikes.”

“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have spoken at FEMA’s Civil Rights Summit alongside such esteemed panelists and colleagues,” said the Trevor Project’s Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs Preston Mitchum. “In serving a community as diverse and unique as the LGBTQ community, we at The Trevor Project understand the critical importance of prioritizing equity and intersectionality across every aspect of our work. I look forward to continue working with FEMA and other community partners to build on the important discussions from today and advance equity and access to culturally competent mental health crisis care across the nation.”

Topics of discussion at the summit included civil rights and housing inequities; how intersectionality creates patterns of discrimination in our civil rights system; the disenfranchisement and vulnerabilities of underserved communities in civil rights; and the community, FEMA and emergency management.

The summit builds on the three-part series hosted in the fall of 2020 and the one-day event in the fall of 2021 by raising awareness of FEMA’s programs and civil rights efforts. The prior two summits focused on civil rights, accessibility to FEMA programs, prioritizing equity and civil rights and creating an inclusive, community-based approach to emergency management and disaster response and recovery.

The summit also further emphasizes FEMA’s commitment to instilling equity as a foundation of emergency management, as outlined in the agency’s 2022-2026 FEMA Strategic Plan released in January. To achieve this goal, FEMA has prioritized equity and civil rights to make its assistance more “survivor-centric,” our eligibility requirements less rigid and its outreach more mindful of the unique communities it serves by:

  • Creating dual-language advertising campaigns to educate and remind residents of flood preparedness.
  • Creating an expedited process for mitigation grant selections and assistance.
  • Making a significant commitment to underserved communities by expanding BRIC funding in 2023 to $2 billion.
  • Changing the documentation to prove homeownership factored in homeowners who had inherited properties with no formal deed.

To read more about the 2022-2026 FEMA Strategic Plan, please visit here.

For more information about FEMA’s External Civil Rights Division, how to submit a civil rights complaint, the Civil Rights cadre, and to download the Civil Rights Anti-Discrimination Flyer, go to External Civil Rights Division | FEMA.gov. Contact the Office of Equal Rights at 833-285-7448, 711 or Video Relay Services (VRS), or FEMA-CivilRightsOffice@fema.dhs.gov.

luther.wills-dudich Fri, 12/02/2022 - 15:25

Fri, 02 Dec 2022 15:25:16 +0000


President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Amends Florida Disaster Declaration
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Amends Florida Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON -- FEMA made additional disaster assistance available to the state of Florida by authorizing an increase in the level of federal funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures undertaken in the state of Florida as a result of Hurricane Ian from Sept. 23 to Nov. 4, 2022.

Under the President's order, the time period for 100 % federal funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, has been extended for an additional 15-day period through Dec. 7, 2022.

mayshaunt.gary Thu, 12/01/2022 - 20:55

Thu, 01 Dec 2022 20:55:14 +0000


Federal Support for Hurricane Ian Exceeds $3 Billion
Federal Support for Hurricane Ian Exceeds $3 Billion

WASHINGTON -- More than $3 billion in federal grants, disaster loans and flood insurance payments has been provided to the state of Florida and to households after Hurricane Ian to help survivors jumpstart their recovery.

FEMA has provided $779 million to households and $358 million to the state for emergency response, while the U.S. Small Business Administration has provided $1.1 billion in disaster loans and the National Flood Insurance Program has paid $882 million in claims.  

How FEMA is Helping Floridians

  • FEMA has made individual assistance available to 26 counties in Florida. Residents in Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns and Volusia counties are eligible to apply for Individual Assistance. Deadline for applications is Jan. 12, 2023.
  • FEMA is meeting survivors where they are to help jumpstart their recoveries. Disaster Survivor Assistance specialists are going door-to-door in Florida neighborhoods to help individuals register for assistance. These teams have visited 281,000 homes and interacted with 136,000 survivors in counties designated for Individual Assistance.
  • 36 Disaster Recovery Centers are operating in impacted areas, with nearly 80,000 visits by survivors.
  • FEMA is providing Transitional Sheltering Assistance in 26 counties to survivors eligible for temporary hotel stays. As of today, the program is providing housing for 1,824 households with 4,086 members.
  • Hundreds of FEMA inspectors have performed more than 234,000 home inspections for survivors who applied for federal disaster assistance.
  • FEMA is providing temporary housing to eligible Hurricane Ian survivors in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Lee and Sarasota counties. FEMA approved Direct Temporary Housing Assistance to provide options for those whose homes are uninhabitable because of the hurricane. FEMA determined that rental assistance is insufficient to meet the housing need in those counties because of a lack of available housing resources. FEMA will notify applicants who are eligible for direct housing. It will take time to transport, permit, install and inspect these units before they are available. Direct Temporary Housing Assistance may be provided for up to 18 months from Sept. 29, 2022, the date of the federal disaster declaration, to March 28, 2024.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved $1.1 billion in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and business owners. Business Recovery Centers are located in Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee and Seminole counties.
  • As of Dec. 1, FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has received more than 44,700 flood insurance claims and paid more than $882 million to policyholders.
  • NFIP policyholders may receive up to $1,000 to reimburse the purchase of supplies like sandbags, plastic sheeting and lumber. They may also receive up to $1,000 in storage expenses if they moved insured property. Policyholders should file a claim for flood loss avoidance reimbursement, regardless of whether it was successful in preventing flood damage.
  • FEMA is conducting local hiring for more than 300 jobs in Brandon, Fort Myers, Kissimmee, Orlando and Sarasota. These positions are full-time, 120-day appointments that may be extended depending on operational needs. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online through USAJobs.gov.
  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to eligible survivors. Floridians can file a claim for loss of income caused by Hurricane Ian by going to Disaster Unemployment Assistance - FloridaJobs.org and selecting “Apply for Hurricane Ian DUA,” visiting a local CareerSource Career Center, or calling  800-385-3920. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET.
  • Low-income Florida residents recovering from Hurricane Ian may be eligible for assistance from the Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). Survivors can find more information on Florida’s D-SNAP program by visiting the Florida Department of Children and Families’ Hurricane Ian Response & Recovery website.
  • Operation Blue Roof installed 20,119 roofs in Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Lee and Sarasota counties. (Mission completed.)
  • National Flood Insurance Program Florida policyholders who had flood damage from the hurricane have a 90-day window to renew their policies. The extension applies to policies with renewal dates beginning Aug. 25, 2022 through Oct. 23, 2022. Policyholders whose renewal date is in this range should contact their agent or insurance company. FEMA also extended the proof of loss requirement for flood insurance policyholders in Florida who experienced flood damage from Hurricane Ian from 60 to 365 days. For more information on how to file a flood insurance claim, visit How to Start Your Flood Insurance Claim.
  • If you or a member of your household uses adaptive or accessibility items that were damaged by Hurricane Ian, you may be eligible for FEMA assistance for those items. For homeowners, items can include an exterior ramp, grab bars and a paved pathway to the home’s entrance from a vehicle. Awards do not count toward your Housing Assistance or Personal Property maximum awards. For more information for homeowners and renters, visit Update to FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide.
mayshaunt.gary Thu, 12/01/2022 - 20:55

Thu, 01 Dec 2022 20:55:13 +0000


FEMA Provides $10 Million to New Jersey for Climate Resilience Projects in Communities Impacted by Hurricane Ida
FEMA Provides $10 Million to New Jersey for Climate Resilience Projects in Communities Impacted by Hurricane Ida

Investment comes from FEMA’s Swift Current Initiative, funded through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to fund flood mitigation projects post-Hurricane Ida

WASHINGTON -- Today, FEMA announced it has obligated $10 million for flood resilience projects in New Jersey through its Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Swift Current initiative, taking strides towards timely hazard mitigation by expediting money to communities working to become more resilient to floods. 

This is the first FEMA initiative to be funded through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

“Hurricane Ida demonstrated that even those outside the direct path of a hurricane can suffer devastating consequences. The people of New Jersey witnessed this devastation firsthand, as some of the most flood-prone parts of the state saw record levels of flooding,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell.  “Thanks to funding provided to FEMA’s Swift Current Initiative by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure law, New Jersey will be able to convert many affected properties to open spaces, making this community more resilient to damage from future storms and related flooding.”

Ten million will go toward acquiring and demolishing 31 properties -- 28 of which were substantially damaged by Hurricane Ida -- in the Borough of Manville, New Jersey. Somerset County lands near the Raritan and Millstone rivers will be converted to open space, conservation and flood storage.

Another $280,000 in this round of obligations will also be used to reconstruct two flood-prone structures in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. The properties will be rebuilt to higher standards to reduce flood damage and potential NFIP claims payments.

In total, the Swift Current initiative allocates a total of $60 million to Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Pennsylvania -- all states affected by Hurricane Ida -- to equitably expedite mitigation grants to disaster survivors with repetitively flooded homes. The application period opened April 1 and by Aug. 1 the applicants reached the amount available through the Swift Current initiative.

More information about these and other selections is available on FEMA’s website. FEMA continues to review all other subapplications submitted to the Flood Mitigation Assistance Swift Current Initiative and will announce further selections in the upcoming months.   

Swift Current funding will be distributed as follows. These states were selected because they have the highest number of unmitigated severe repetitive loss and repetitive loss properties insured under the National Flood Insurance Program and total flood insurance claims as a result of Hurricane Ida within their respective FEMA regions. 

  • Louisiana, $40 million 
  • New Jersey, $10 million
  • Mississippi, $5 million
  • Pennsylvania, $5 million

Swift Current seeks to substantially speed up the award of Flood Mitigation Assistance funding after a flooding event and reduce the complexity of the application process. Its goal is to obligate flood mitigation dollars for repetitively and substantially flood damaged properties insured through the National Flood Insurance Program as quickly and equitably as possible after a disaster event. 

The Flood Mitigation Assistance program is an annual competitive grant program that provides funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  

The program recognizes the growing flood hazards associated with climate change, and of the need for flood hazard risk mitigation activities that promote climate adaptation, equity and resilience to flooding. These hazards are expected to increase in frequency and intensity. 

For more information about the Swift Current initiative, visit fema.gov.

mayshaunt.gary Thu, 12/01/2022 - 16:22

Thu, 01 Dec 2022 16:22:42 +0000


FEMA Awards Nearly $3.4 Million to Boston for Winter Storm Kenan Snow Removal Costs
FEMA Awards Nearly $3.4 Million to Boston for Winter Storm Kenan Snow Removal Costs

BOSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending almost $3.4 million to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to reimburse the City of Boston for the costs of plowing and removing snow after Winter Storm Kenan in early 2022.

The city will receive a total of $3,377,000 in federal funding through FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program to reimburse it for the costs of snow removal and sanding/salting after the January 28-29 “bomb cyclone” produced blizzard conditions in some parts of New England.

Keenan caused record or near record snowfall in four counties in Massachusetts, including the City of Boston, creating an immediate threat to the health and safety of the public since emergency vehicles couldn’t navigate the streets.

The Boston Public Works Department provided snow plowing and salting/sanding operations for 785 miles of city streets, and twelve different vendors removed and hauled snow to 11 sites throughout the city for disposal.

President Joe Biden’s disaster declaration made federal funding available to commonwealth, tribal and eligible local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities in Bristol, Norfolk, Plymouth and Suffolk counties, and for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.

FEMA has awarded more than $13.3 million in Public Assistance grants to state and local governments for the disaster to date.

“FEMA is pleased to be able to reimburse the City of Boston for some of the costs incurred recovering from Winter Storm Kenan,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. “Restoring access to roads for first responders after a storm of this type is critical to maintaining public safety.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance program is an essential source of funding for states and communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.

adrien.urbani Thu, 12/01/2022 - 15:54

Thu, 01 Dec 2022 15:54:29 +0000


FEMA Awards Vermont Almost $6.6 Million For COVID Services and Treatment
FEMA Awards Vermont Almost $6.6 Million For COVID Services and Treatment

BOSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending nearly $6.6 million to the State of Vermont to reimburse the costs of providing services to the homeless population and antibody treatments to the general public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $6,599,727 in Public Assistance grants will go to the Vermont Agency of Human Services for providing wraparound social services to homeless populations in non-congregate sheltering, and for providing monoclonal antibody treatment across the state.

A grant of $3,731,539 will reimburse for services that supported non-congregate sheltering for Vermont’s at-risk population, including staffing to support intake, discharge, safety and/or management of non-congregate sheltering sites; provision of essential goods to meet basic needs; outreach, education, and wellness checks to households; access to health care screening and testing; and alternative isolation housing as needed.

In addition, the state hired qualified staff to prevent and respond to emergent safety issues and/or crises onsite, and to help households at sites re-apply for General Assistance Emergency Housing benefits between December 2020 and March 2022.

A second grant of $2,868,188 will reimburse AHS for contracting with Rescue, Inc. to provide monoclonal antibody treatment services to 1,104 patients. Three teams of five licensed EMS providers equipped with infusion and patient monitoring capabilities provided more than 10,000 hours of care between December 2021 and May 2022.

“FEMA is pleased to be able to assist the Vermont Agency of Human Services with these costs,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. “Providing resources for our partners on the front lines of the pandemic fight is critical to their success, and our success as a nation.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance program is an essential source of funding for states and communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency. So far, FEMA has provided almost $430 million in grants to Vermont to reimburse the state for pandemic-related expenses.

adrien.urbani Thu, 12/01/2022 - 15:26

Thu, 01 Dec 2022 15:26:04 +0000


FEMA Awards Almost $4.7 Million to UMass Memorial Health Care for COVID-19 Costs
FEMA Awards Almost $4.7 Million to UMass Memorial Health Care for COVID-19 Costs

BOSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending nearly $4.7 million to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to reimburse UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc. for the costs of testing, acquiring equipment and hiring temporary staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $4,693,148 in Public Assistance grants will reimburse the health care system in central Massachusetts – headquartered in Worcester and affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School – for providing testing, leasing equipment, and hiring temporary staff between January 2020 and March 2022.

One grant of $3,364,294 will cover the cost of testing 107,246 people between January and July 2020, as well as the cost of hiring temporary healthcare workers; setting up tents with generators and HVAC installation for the tents; and hiring security for the facilities.

The hospital system also contracted for translation services to facilitate communication between healthcare professionals and COVID-19 patients; for transportation services to deliver items between hospital locations and transport the remains of patients who had died; and for administrative services.

A second grant of $1,328,854 will reimburse UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc. for the cost of purchasing reagent dispensers, accessories for bed monitors, and bedside monitors as well as renting 945 ventilators between August 2021 and March 2022.

“FEMA is pleased to be able to assist UMass Memorial Health Care with these costs,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. “Providing resources for our partners on the front lines of the pandemic fight is critical to their success, and our success as a nation.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance program is an essential source of funding for states and communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.

So far, FEMA has provided more than $1.4 billion in Public Assistance grants to Massachusetts to reimburse the commonwealth for pandemic-related expenses.

adrien.urbani Thu, 12/01/2022 - 15:15

Thu, 01 Dec 2022 15:15:34 +0000


FEMA Awards More Than $1 Million to Baystate Medical Center for COVID-19 Response Costs
FEMA Awards More Than $1 Million to Baystate Medical Center for COVID-19 Response Costs

BOSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending more than $1 million to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to reimburse Baystate Medical Center for the costs of steps taken to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $1,024,676 Public Assistance grant will reimburse the 716-bed independent medical center in Springfield – affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School – for the cost of buying personal protective equipment (PPE) and contracting for other needed services between April 2020 and May 2022.

In addition to purchasing PPE such as surgical masks, gowns, isolation gowns, KN95 masks, nitrile gloves and materials such as sanitizer wipes and hand sanitizer, Baystate Medical Center rented a 20-foot mobile morgue truck and contracted with Crocker Communications Inc. to set up and staff a COVID-19 hotline.

“FEMA is pleased to be able to assist Baystate Medical Center with these costs,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. “Providing resources for our partners on the front lines of the pandemic fight is critical to their success, and our success as a nation.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance program is an essential source of funding for states and communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.

So far, FEMA has provided more than $1.4 billion in Public Assistance grants to Massachusetts to reimburse the commonwealth for pandemic-related expenses.

adrien.urbani Mon, 11/21/2022 - 21:21

Mon, 21 Nov 2022 21:21:37 +0000