Pandemic Influenza Fact Sheet

Main Content

Disaster Declaration

  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in cooperation and coordination with various State and Federal agencies, is prepared to take appropriate and authorized action in response to requests for Federal assistance through the Stafford Act as a result of a pandemic influenza.

  • In order to assist States in assessing impacts and evaluating the need for Federal assistance in a pandemic influenza, FEMA has developed these guidelines for requesting Stafford Act assistance from the Federal Government.

  • For the purpose of emergency declarations under the Stafford Act for pandemic influenza, FEMA anticipates that its recommendations to the President will be:

    • Limited to Public Assistance Emergency Protective Measures, also called “Category B” measures (see further clarification below);

    • Further limited to Direct Federal Assistance (DFA); an

    • That the Federal Government pays 75% of the cost of these direct Federal resources, with the State responsible for the remaining 25%.

  • As with all declaration requests, FEMA utilizes a variety of evaluation criteria and factors, as established under Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations. However, the four primary evaluation criteria for a State request for a pandemic influenza emergency declaration are:

    • Whether the State has directed execution of its State emergency plan; and

    • Whether the requesting State has demonstrated that its incidence of influenza is significantly higher than the State’s seasonal average; an

    • Whether the State can demonstrate that effective response to the pandemic event is beyond the capability of the State and affected local governments; and

    • Whether the State has identified specific, supplemental direct Federal emergency assistance that is required to save lives, protect public health and safety, or lessen or avert the threat of a disaster.

  • Other federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), also have authority to provide assistance to support jurisdictions during pandemic events Assistance provided by FEMA under the Stafford Act may not duplicate assistance provided or available under the authority of another Federal agency.

  • The President retains sole authority to approve all declaration requests, irrespective of any FEMA recommendation.

Direct Federal Assistance

  • Under a Presidential declaration as described above, the following Emergency Protective Measure assistance may be provided directly by the Federal Government:

    • Emergency medical care (non-deferrable medical treatment of disaster victims in a shelter or temporary medical facility and related medical facility services and supplies, including emergency medical transport, X-rays, laboratory and pathology services, and machine diagnostic tests).

    • Temporary medical facilities (for treatment of disaster survivors when existing facilities are overloaded and cannot accommodate the patient load).

    • Purchase and distribution of food, water, ice, medicine, and other consumable supplies.

    • Management, control, and reduction of immediate threats to public health and safety (e.g., to include sanitizing eligible public facilities).

    • Movement of supplies and persons.

    • Security, barricades and fencing, and warning devices.

    • Congregate sheltering (for disaster survivors when existing facilities are overloaded and cannot accommodate survivors’ needs).

    • Communicating health and safety information to the public.

    • Technical assistance to State and local governments on disaster management and control.

    • Search and rescue to locate and recover members of the population requiring assistance and to locate and recover human remains.

    • Storage and internment of unidentified human remains.

    • Mass mortuary services.

    • Recovery and disposal of animal carcasses (except if another Federal authority funds the activity - e.g., U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal, Plant and Health Inspection Service provides for removal and disposal of livestock).

  • Direct Federal assistance may be available through mission assignments (see Attachment #1), internal FEMA capabilities, or a combination of the two.

Elizabeth A. Zimmerman
Assistant Administrator
Disaster Assistance Directorate

Date: 10/22/09

William L. Carwile, III
Assistant Administrator
Disaster Operations Directorate

Date: 10/22/09

Attachment #1

Pre-Scripted Mission Assignments (PSMA) That May Accommodate H1N1 Influenza Direct Federal Assistance (DFA) Support

Task # Pg #* ESF Agency PSMA Title
1 257 6 USACE National Water
1 258 6 USACE National Ice
1 298 8 HHS Emerg Prescription Asst & Medical Equipment Replacement Program
2 225 5 OSHA Implement the Worker Safety & Health Support Annex
2 284 8 HHS Public Health Services
2 292 8 HHS Food & Product Safety Inspection
2 294 8 HHS Behavioral Health Care
2 295 8 HHS Environmental Health-Hazard Identification & Control Measures
3 153 1 USCG Rotary Wing Lift
3 156 1 USCG Fixed Wing Transportation Support
3 158 1 DoD Rotary Wing Lift (Med)
3 160 1 DoD Rotary Wing Lift (Heavy)
3 161 1 DoD Tactical (Ground) Transportation Support
3 163 1 DoD Strategic Transportation Support
3 209 4 USFS MOB Centers
3 231 5 USACE Logisitical Support
3 259 6 USACE Commodity Team
3 271 7 USACE Acquire Mobilization Centers
3 273 7 USACE Acquire Federal Operational Staging Areas-NLSA
3 276 7 DoD Mobilization Center
3 277 7 DoD Operational Staging Area
4 212 5 FPS Contract Security Officers
4 352 13 CBP Force Protection Non-USAR
4 355 13 ICE Contract Security Officers
4 357 13 NPS Law Enforcement Strike Team (Field Ops)
5 286 8 HHS Medical Care and Support
5 288 8 HHS Federal Medical Station
5 289 8 HHS National Disaster Medical System (Patient Evacuation)
5 301 8 HHS ALRT Push Package
5 309 8 DoD Strategic Patient Movement & Airlift
6 288 8 HHS Federal Medical Station
6 289 8 HHS National Disaster Medical System (Patient Evacuation)
6 307 8 DoD Temporary Medical Treatment Facilities
7 264 6 USFS Communications Cache Support, Shelter Items
7 New 6 CNCS Corp for National and Community Service (CNCS) Field Deployment
8 284 8 HHS Public Health Services
8 370 15 FEMA OFA SME to Support ESF #15 External Affairs
9 201 3 USACE Technical Assistance to State
9 216 5 NGA Geospatial Intelligence Analytical Support
9 284 8 HHS Public Health Services
9 300 8 HHS Technical Assistance
9 348 11 USDA Technical Assistance to States
9 New 6 USDA Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
10 322 9 NPS SAR Field Operations
10 351 13 CBP LE SAR K-9 Team
11 296 8 HHS Mortuary Operations Assistance
11 311 8 DoD Mortuary Affairs Assistance
12 296 8 HHS Mortuary Operations Assistance
12 311 8 DoD Mortuary Affairs Assistance
13 342 11 USDA Animal Disease Control (Veterinary Services (FSIS)


Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
Back to Top