FEMA continues taking aggressive and proactive steps to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Under the direction of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, FEMA, the Department of Health and Human Services and our federal partners are working with state, local, tribal and territorial governments to execute a whole of America response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the public.
All 50 states, the District of Columbia, five territories and four tribes are working directly with FEMA under the nationwide emergency declaration for COVID-19. FEMA is working with HHS to deliver additional supplies and ventilators. This includes using its Logistics Supply Chain Management System to procure and track commodities to supplement state and tribal purchases. FEMA also issued a $350 million Mission Assignment to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for construction of alternate care facilities in New York.
It is important that requests for assistance, especially for critical supplies, get routed through the proper channels as soon as possible. The most efficient way to identify critical gaps and get results:
- Consistent with the principle of locally executed, state managed, and federally supported response, requests for assistance at the local and county levels should first be routed to their respective state.
- Any needs that cannot be met by the state or tribe should then be sent to the respective FEMA regional office. FEMA regions will direct requests to FEMA National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C. for fulfillment.
- If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please email FEMA’s National Business Emergency Operations Center.
All 10 FEMA regional response coordination centers have been activated to support response efforts. FEMA Regional Administrators are coordinating closely with their state, local, tribal and territorial governments to determine the type and level of support needed which could include the deployment of liaisons and Incident Management Assistance Teams.
To help slow the spread of COVID-19, review the guidance: 15 Days to Slow the Spread. To help the public distinguish between rumors and facts about COVID-19, visit the FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control page.