Disaster Updates

March 23, 2021

DENVER – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved $19.4 million in additional funding for COVID-19 response efforts in North Dakota. To date, FEMA has paid more than $77.1 million in Public Assistance funding for COVID-19 response in North Dakota. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued April 1, 2020.

  • $18.3 million was provided to the North Dakota Department of Health to add temporary nursing staff and couriers to administer and distribute COVID-19 tests and materials to testing sites throughout North Dakota.
  • $1.1 million was provided to the McKenzie Healthcare System Inc. to convert an abandoned medical clinic into a fully functioning  Alternate Care Site, temporarily expanding hospital capacity and providing the needed care to patients living in the City of Watford and surrounding areas.

Funding is authorized under Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.

FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides funding for emergency actions undertaken by communities to protect public safety, providing no less than a 75 percent federal share for eligible costs. President Biden has approved a 100 percent cost share for projects related to the pandemic response that include work completed between October 1 and December 31, 2020.

For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and to allow local officials to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, local and tribal officials work tirelessly to assist their communities during this response.

Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at www.fema.gov/assistance/public.

March 23, 2021

REGION 1 – The City of Boston received over $1.7 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help reimburse expenses associated with COVID-19 response efforts.

The grant of $1,781,624 is specifically awarded to the city for costs incurred for the 500-bed facility at the Boston Hope site for non-acute care for the homeless during the spring of 2020. The costs being reimbursed include transportation, medical staffing and equipment and other costs to operate and manage the facility. This facility provided respite and basic health care for homeless individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 but did not require hospitalization.

This project is funded through FEMA’s Public Assistance Program that reimburses eligible applicants for actions taken in the immediate response and during recovery from a major disaster. Eligible applicants include the state, federally recognized tribal governments, local governments, and certain private non-profit organizations. Project applications are submitted from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), which coordinates the process with eligible applicants.

FEMA awarded funding for this project directly to MEMA who works directly with the applicant to ensure all terms and conditions of the award are met before funding is disbursed.

“The City of Boston, in collaboration with Boston Hope Alternate Care Facility, provided essential assistance to a population in need.  FEMA is pleased this grant will help manage financial demands they are experiencing as a result of the pandemic,” said Acting Regional Administrator and Federal Coordinating Officer Paul Ford, who oversees FEMA’s operations throughout New England.  “We will continue to work closely with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston in our shared efforts to address the challenges of COVID-19.”

Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program is found at:

https://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit

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March 23, 2021

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) announced today that $8,778,624 in federal funding has been made available for costs related to the state’s response to COVID-19 under the federal disaster declaration of March 31, 2020. This funding is an advance payment for costs to establish the community vaccination site at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland.

“The COVID-19 vaccination site at the Wolstein Center is an important resource in Ohio’s fight against the pandemic,” said Kevin M. Sligh, acting regional administrator, FEMA Region 5. “FEMA remains committed to expanding the rate of vaccinations in an efficient, effective and equitable manner in Ohio and across the nation, with an explicit focus on communities with a high risk of COVID-19 exposure and infection.”

“The mass vaccination site in Cleveland has been a game-changer in terms of making the vaccine more accessible, and Ohio is grateful for FEMA’s continued support as we move down the road to recovery,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “Everyone deserves the opportunity to be vaccinated against this devasting virus, and this clinic is making a significant difference as we focus on ensuring that those in Ohio’s high risk and traditionally underserved communities have equal access to the vaccine.”

“Having a mass vaccination site at Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center is very important,” said Sima Merick, Executive Director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. “Because of its location in Downtown Cleveland, and its availability to public transportation, we are able to serve individuals who are from all walks of life. Whether individuals are underserved or have access-functional needs, with the availability of community partners at the Wolstein Center, we’re able to get shots in arms of those who so desperately need it.”

FEMA provides a 100 percent federal share of eligible reimbursable expenses for this project.  

FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides funding to local government jurisdictions and eligible private non-profits for the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged infrastructure as well as costs incurred for emergency actions taken to protect lives or property.  To learn more, visit FEMA’s website at www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit. For more information about FEMA’s COVID-19 vaccine support efforts, visit www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/vaccine-support.

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March 23, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La.--- Damage from Hurricane Laura was of such severity that it crossed the threshold of FEMA’s normal Public Assistance cost-share rate of 75% and allowed the State of Louisiana to receive a rarely reached cost- share rate of 90% for eligible damages. This resulted in almost $22 million more for applicants to fund projects.

From rebuilding parish buildings to repairing sewer systems to restoring a children’s hospital, these projects are helping Louisiana communities recover from the hurricane.

Five major recipients received grants totaling over $19.6 million more for their projects. These include:

  • Calcasieu Parish Police Jury will be granted an additional $10.1 million for debris removal.
  • Jefferson Davis Electric Co-Op Emergency Generator Power Substation will be awarded an additional $3.8 million for Emergency Protective Measures.
  • The city of Sulphur will receive $2.8 million more for debris removal.
  • Military Department, State of Louisiana National Guard, will get an additional $1.6 million for Emergency Protective Measures taken during and following the hurricane.
  • Beauregard Parish will receive $1.1 million more for debris removal.

President Biden authorized the federal cost-share increases for projects funded by FEMA’s Public Assistance

Program Feb. 22.

“I have determined that the damage in certain areas of the state of Louisiana resulting from Hurricane Laura during the period of August 22 to August 27, 2020, is of sufficient severity and magnitude that special cost-sharing arrangements are warranted,” the president said.

More about FEMA’s Public Assistance Program can be found at www.FEMA.gov/public-assistance.

For the latest information on Hurricane Laura, visit Louisiana Hurricane Laura (DR-4559-LA). Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6.

March 22, 2021

WASHINGTON -- Los centros comunitarios de vacunación del programa piloto federal están programados para iniciar operaciones mañana en Detroit y miércoles en Atlanta.

Las instalaciones modernas del estadio Mercedes-Benz en Atlanta son accesibles por automóvil, autobús y tren, mientras su ubicación es ideal para ayudar a poblaciones marginadas al este y sur de la zona metropolitana. Además, cuenta con el equipo y espacio necesario para administrar hasta 6,000 vacunaciones cada día.

La decisión de establecer este centro de vacunación del programa piloto federal en Atlanta fue basada en datos, utilizando los datos del índice de vulnerabilidad social de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés) y datos poblacionales del Censo. La agencia continúa trabajando con los colaboradores estatales para identificar ubicaciones para los centros comunitarios de vacunación donde será posible que hagan el mayor bien para las poblaciones más vulnerables y garantizar que todas las personas que quieran vacunarse puedan hacerlo.

Ford Field en Detroit también será un centro comunitario de vacunación situado en una ubicación céntrica que tendrá una capacidad de administrar hasta 6,000 vacunaciones cada día.

Las operaciones de unidades móviles de vacunación complementarán las labores realizadas en Ford Field, dirigidas a distribuir las vacunas en complejos de vivienda pública y de adultos mayores, personas confinadas en sus hogares y comunidades remotas y socialmente vulnerables. COVID-19 afectó gravemente la región sur de Michigan, particularmente las comunidades de color en la zona metropolitana de Detroit.   

Los centros comunitarios de vacunación son administrados por los estados, pero pueden contar con el apoyo del gobierno federal, incluida la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés). Cada estado determina sus procedimientos y los grupos de prioridad de vacunación. FEMA continúa trabajando para agilizar las vacunaciones brindando apoyo a los estados en sus esfuerzos de abrir centros comunitarios de vacunación por todo el país mientras trabaja con los colaboradores de otras agencias para continuar estableciendo y apoyando centros adicionales cada día.

FEMA permanece comprometida con la distribución equitativa de las vacunas y hasta ahora ha asignado más de $4,390 millones para cubrir el 100 por ciento de los gastos relacionados con la vacunación contra COVID-19. Estos fondos cubren las necesidades de suministros esenciales, personal, capacitación y transporte que ayudan a aumentar los esfuerzos de vacunación.

Verifique dónde, cuándo y cómo puede ser vacunado en su comunidad y obtenga más información a través de su departamento de salud local. Además, puede encontrar una lista de lugares donde los adultos pueden ser vacunados (enlace en inglés).

Visite FEMA.gov/es para información sobre los esfuerzos de FEMA de apoyo en la vacunación

March 22, 2021

WASHINGTON - Federal pilot community vaccination centers are scheduled to open in Atlanta on Wednesday and Detroit tomorrow.

The state-of-the-art facility at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta is accessible by car, bus and rail and is uniquely located to support underserved people in the south and east sides of the metro area and has the space and teams needed to administer up to 6,000 doses a day.

The decision to locate a federal pilot community vaccination center in Atlanta was data-driven, using information from CDC’s social vulnerability index and population data from the census. The agency continues working with state partners to locate community vaccination centers where they will be able to do the most good for the most vulnerable populations and ensure everyone who wants a vaccine gets one.

Ford Field in Detroit is also a centrally located community vaccination center capable of administering up to 6,000 doses per day.

Mobile vaccination operations will supplement the work being done at Ford Field, focusing vaccine distribution to public and senior housing complexes, homebound populations and hard-to-reach, socially vulnerable communities. Southern Michigan was severely impacted by COVID-19, especially communities of color in the Detroit metro area.

Community vaccination centers are led by states, but may be supported by the federal government, including FEMA. Each state determines its own vaccination priority groups and procedures. FEMA is working to speed up vaccinations by supporting states as they open community vaccine centers across the country and working with its interagency partners continue to stand-up and provide support to additional sites daily.

FEMA is committed to the equitable distribution of vaccines and has now provided more than $4.39 billion for expenses related to COVID-19 vaccination at 100% federal cost share. These funds cover critical supplies, staffing, training and transportation needs that support increased vaccination efforts.

Find out where, when and how to get a vaccine in your community and get more information from your local health department and a list of places where adults can get a vaccine.

Visit FEMA.Gov for information on FEMA’s vaccination support efforts.

March 22, 2021

PENSACOLA, Fla -- FEMA has approved three projects totaling more than $7 million for the state of Florida to reimburse the city of Callaway and Gulf County for eligible costs of emergency work and permanent repairs following Hurricane Michael.

Callaway is receiving more than $5.7 million for two projects: A grant of $3,547,957 will reimburse the city for debris removal operations; and a second grant of $2,176,889 will fund permanent repairs to the Callaway Cemetery, Veterans Park, Brittany Wood Park, Callaway Sport Complex, Gore Park, Collinfurst Park, Patterson Park, and citywide retention pond fencing.

Gulf County is receiving $1,285,370 for the cost of preparing for and responding to the storm, including removal of downed trees, evacuation support and shelter operations.

These grants are funded by FEMA’s Public Assistance program, an essential source of funding for communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency. The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) works with FEMA during all phases of the program and reviews projects prior to FEMA final approval.

Applicants work directly with FEMA to develop projects and scopes of work. FEMA obligates funding for projects to FDEM after final approval.

Once a project is obligated, FDEM works closely with applicants to finalize grants and begin making payments. FDEM has procedures in place designed to ensure grant funding is provided to local communities as quickly as possible.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to state, tribal and local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations, including houses of worship, so communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.

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March 22, 2021

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) announced today that $7,831,099 in federal funding has been made available to IEMA for costs related to the state’s response to COVID-19 under the federal disaster declaration of March 26, 2020.

This funding is an advance payment to IEMA to distribute and administer COVID-19 vaccines at the United Center site in Chicago. This grant funding will include costs to setup the site and purchase necessary supplies and equipment to support it.

“FEMA is committed to distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to communities in the Chicago area that need them the most,” said Kevin M. Sligh, acting regional administrator, FEMA Region 5. “This expedited grant funding is a critical part of the effort to protect Illinoisans from the virus and put an end to this pandemic.”

“The United Center Community Vaccination Center has been a lifeline for vulnerable communities that have been hardest hit by this virus,” said Alicia Tate-Nadeau, Director of IEMA. “We are grateful to the Biden Administration, and our federal counterparts, for their compassion, commitment and collaboration as we work together to end this pandemic.”

FEMA provides funding at a 100 percent federal share of eligible reimbursable expenses for this project.

FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides funding to local government jurisdictions and eligible private non-profits for the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged infrastructure as well as costs incurred for emergency actions taken to protect lives or property.  To learn more, visit FEMA’s website at www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit. For more information about FEMA’s COVID-19 vaccine support efforts, visit www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/vaccine-support.

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FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.

March 22, 2021

Media Advisory

Effective March 23, 2021, the Center City Vaccination Center (CCVC) in Philadelphia, PA will exclusively administer second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for three weeks. First doses will not be available at the CCVC during this time. Vaccination will be by appointment only for those individuals who have received an initial dose of the vaccine; walk-ups will no longer be permitted. 

After these three weeks, the CCVC will begin to administer the Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine for two weeks. The specific timing and operational details related to this switch to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be announced in the coming weeks.

To register for a COVID-19 vaccine, Philadelphia residents are encouraged to complete the City of Philadelphia's Vaccine Interest Form, if they have not yet done so, at www.phila.gov/vaccineinterest. Eligible residents will be prioritized for an appointment. To check current vaccine eligibility, please visit the Philadelphia Department of Public Health website

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For media inquiries, please contact the FEMA Region 3 News Desk.

Email: femar3newsdesk@fema.dhs.gov

March 22, 2021

DENVER – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved $2.9 million in additional funding for COVID-19 response efforts in Montana. To date, FEMA has paid more than $11.3 million in Public Assistance funding for COVID-19 response in Montana. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued March 31, 2020.

The $2.9 million was provided to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services for a COVID public awareness campaign, the purchase and distribution of personal protective equipment and testing supplies, and to hire temporary employees for their COVID-19 hotline.  Funding is authorized under Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.

FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides funding for emergency actions undertaken by communities to protect public safety, providing no less than a 75 percent federal share for eligible costs. President Biden has approved a 100 percent cost share for projects related to the pandemic response that include work completed between March 21, 2020 and December 5, 2020.

For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and to allow local officials to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, local and tribal officials work tirelessly to assist their communities during this response.

Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at www.fema.gov/assistance/public.

March 22, 2021

BOTHELL, Washington. – El 31 de marzo, un centro comunitario de vacunación (CVC, por sus siglas en inglés) iniciará operaciones en Yakima, Washington, para agilizar las vacunaciones contra COVID-19 en las comunidades históricamente marginadas de Yakima que tienen un alto riesgo de contagio.

Este esfuerzo conjunto entre la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Salud y la División para el Manejo de Emergencias de Washington, el Distrito de Salud de Yakima y la Oficina de Manejo de Emergencias de Yakima Valley incluirá un centro permanente de vacunación con servicio desde el auto en el complejo ferial estatal de Central Washington, y unidades móviles de vacunación. A través de esta alianza, las capacidades de vacunación en estas instalaciones aumentarán de 200 vacunaciones cada día a 1,200 vacunaciones cada día al combinar la instalación fija, el servicio desde el auto y las unidades móviles.

Las dosis adicionales de vacunas serán proporcionadas directamente por el gobierno federal y no disminuirán las asignaciones regulares del estado ni del condado. El CVC en el condado Yakima y las unidades móviles adjuntas ampliarán los esfuerzos de vacunación en curso por todo el condado para añadir servicios de vacunación en las comunidades rurales y agrícolas, que incluyen Grandview, Mabton, Naches, Selah, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Wapato y Zillah.

“Esta alianza es un paso positivo hacia lograr garantizar que todas las personas elegibles que quieran vacunarse contra COVID-19 tengan acceso a hacerlo. Estas 1,200 dosis diarias garantizarán que las comunidades rurales y marginadas de Yakima que tienen mayor riesgo de contagio de COVID-19 reciban la ayuda que necesitan”, dijo el administrador interino de la Región 10 de FEMA Vincent J. Maykovich.

"Estamos muy agradecidos a FEMA y a nuestros otros colaboradores federales por trabajar con el estado para poner importantes recursos adicionales a disposición de la gente de Yakima Valley", dijo el gobernador Jay Inslee. "Esto será un tremendo impulso para nuestros esfuerzos de equidad en la vacunación y también llegaremos directamente a los habitantes de Washington que no tienen los medios de transporte a un centro permanente de vacunación".

Las comunidades del condado Yakima se han visto especialmente afectadas por la pandemia de COVID-19, con tasas de infección y hospitalización desproporcionadamente altas en comparación con el resto de Washington y la región. Casi el 20 por ciento de los residentes de Yakima viven por debajo de los niveles de pobreza. El condado rural cuenta con la mayoría de las industrias agrícolas y de procesamiento de alimentos del estado. Entre los residentes hay una gran proporción de trabajadores esenciales que no pueden realizar su trabajo desde sus hogares. Las personas de grupos raciales y étnicos minoritarios han representado aproximadamente el 50 por ciento de los casos de COVID-19 en el condado.

"Estamos agradecidos por el apoyo de nuestros colaboradores federales, estatales y locales mientras trabajamos para vacunar a la mayor cantidad de personas de la manera más rápida y equitativa posible", dijo el secretario de salud Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH. "Las vacunas adicionales nos ayudarán a frenar la transmisión de la enfermedad, a proteger a nuestras comunidades de las variantes preocupantes y a allanar el camino de vuelta a la normalidad. Este centro y estas nuevas dosis lograrán la diferencia mientras trabajamos para vacunar a los trabajadores críticos de alto riesgo en la agricultura y el procesamiento de alimentos durante la fase 1B-2."

"El condado Yakima se complace en recibir un centro comunitario de vacunación del programa piloto. El apoyo de nuestros colaboradores federales nos permitirá distribuir la tan necesaria vacuna a los miembros de nuestra comunidad utilizando nuestros instalaciones de servicio desde el auto y los equipos móviles de vacunación en todo nuestro valle agrícola. Acogemos con satisfacción la alianza con el gobierno estatal y federal en nuestros esfuerzos locales de vacunación", dijo Ron Anderson, presidente de la Junta de Salud del Distrito Yakima y Comisionado del Condado Yakima.

El CVC del programa piloto en el condado Yakima iniciará operaciones el miércoles 31 de marzo. La ubicación del complejo ferial estatal de Central Washington es 1301 S Fair Ave., Yakima, WA 98901. Esta instalación permanente estará disponible de 9 a.m. a 3 p.m. de lunes a miércoles y de viernes a domingo. Los jueves estará disponible desde el mediodía hasta las 6 p.m. Las ubicaciones de las unidades móviles y sus horarios de operación estarán disponibles y actualizadas en la página web del Distrito de Salud de Yakima en YakimaHealthDistrict.org (enlace en inglés).

Verifique su elegibilidad según la fase a la que corresponde en Phase Finder (disponible en español). Luego, programe una cita en Prep-Mod o llame al 1-800-525-0127. Se requiere que demuestre que es elegible, que podría ser mediante una carta de su empleador o proveedor de servicios de salud, identificación del lugar de trabajo o una captura de pantalla de la aprobación en el portal Phase Finder.

De conformidad con el plan del presidente Biden de respuesta a COVID-19, FEMA continúa trabajando con los colaboradores estatales, locales y tribales para agilizar las vacunaciones en toda la región 10 de manera eficiente, eficaz y equitativa.   

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March 22, 2021

BOTHELL, Wash. – A Pilot Community Vaccination Center (CVC) will open in Yakima, Wash., on March 31 to accelerate COVID-19 vaccinations to Yakima’s historically underserved communities at high risk of infection.

This joint effort from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Washington’s Department of Health (DOH) and Emergency Management Division (EMD), Yakima Health District, and Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management will include a fixed, drive-thru vaccination site at the Central Washington State Fair Park as well as mobile vaccination units. Through this partnership, vaccination capacity at this location will expand from approximately 200 vaccines per day to 1,200 vaccines per day between the fixed, drive-thru site and mobile units.

The additional vaccine doses will be provided directly by the federal government and will not be taken from the state or county’s regular allotments. The Yakima County Pilot CVC and accompanying mobile units will expand upon the current county-wide vaccine distribution efforts to include vaccination services to the rural and agricultural communities, including Selah, Naches, Wapato, Toppenish, Zillah, Sunnyside, Mabton, and Grandview.

“This partnership is a positive step toward ensuring all eligible individuals who want a COVID-19 vaccine have access to one. These 1,200 daily vaccine doses will make sure that Yakima’s rural, underserved communities with a high risk of COVID-19 infection are receiving the help they need,” said FEMA Region 10 Acting Administrator Vincent J. Maykovich.

“We are so appreciative to FEMA and our other federal partners for working with the state to make significant additional resources available to the people of the Yakima Valley,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “This will be a tremendous boost to our vaccine equity efforts and will also reach out directly to Washingtonians who don’t have the means of transportation to a fixed vaccination site.”

Communities in Yakima County have been particularly hard-hit throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with disproportionately high infection and hospitalization rates as compared to the rest of Washington and the region. Nearly 20% of Yakima residents live below the poverty line. The rural county leads the state’s agricultural and food processing industries.  Residents include a significant proportion of essential workers who cannot perform their work from home. People from racial and ethnic minority groups have accounted for approximately 50% of the county’s COVID-19 cases.

"We are grateful for the support from our federal, state, and local partners as we work to vaccinate as many people as quickly and equitably as possible,” said Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH. “Additional vaccine will help us slow disease transmission, protect our communities from variants of concern, and pave the pathway back to normal. This site and these new doses will make a difference as we work to vaccinate high-risk critical workers in agriculture and food processing during Phase 1B-2."

“Yakima County is pleased to host a Pilot Community Vaccination Center.  Support from our federal partners will allow us to distribute much-needed vaccine to members of our community using our drive-thru location and mobile vaccination teams throughout our agricultural valley.  We welcome the partnership with the state and federal government in our local vaccination efforts,” said Ron Anderson, Yakima Health District Board of Health Chair and Yakima County Commissioner.

The Yakima County Pilot CVC will open on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. The address of the Central Washington State Fair Park is 1301 S Fair Ave., Yakima, WA 98901, and this fixed site will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday—Wednesday and Friday—Sunday. On Thursdays it will be open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mobile unit locations and hours will be available and updated on the Yakima Health District website YakimaHealthDistrict.org.

Please check your phase eligibility using Phase Finder. Then, register for an appointment on Prep-Mod  or call 1-800-525-0127. Proof of eligibility is required, which may be an employer/provider letter, work ID badge, or screenshot of Phase Finder approval.

In alignment with President Biden’s plan to respond to COVID-19, FEMA continues to work with our state, local, and tribal partners to expedite vaccinations across Region 10 in an efficient, effective, and equitable manner.

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.

March 19, 2021

WASHINGTON – La Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés) y sus colaboradores federales han ayudado a sobrepasar el objetivo fijado el 20 de enero por el presidente Biden de lograr 100 millones de vacunaciones contra COVID-19, 42 días antes de la meta de 100 días.

Como parte de la batalla en curso para afrontar la pandemia, FEMA continúa trabajando para agilizar las vacunaciones brindando apoyo a los estados y colaboradores de otras agencias que continúan estableciendo y apoyando centros comunitarios de vacunación adicionales cada día. Nuevos centros comunitarios de vacunación que forman parte del programa piloto federal iniciarán operaciones durante la próxima semana en Atlanta y Detroit.

FEMA permanece comprometida con la distribución equitativa de las vacunas. Utilizando los datos del Índice de Vulnerabilidad Social de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés) y datos poblacionales del Censo, trabajamos con los colaboradores estatales para identificar ubicaciones para los centros comunitarios de vacunación donde será posible que hagan el mayor bien para las poblaciones más vulnerables.

“En FEMA estamos comprometidos a promover el acceso y la equidad en el programa de vacunación”, dijo el administrador interino de FEMA Bob Fenton. “Esta es nuestra prioridad principal, mientras celebramos este logro y nuestro objetivo de garantizar que toda persona que quiera vacunarse pueda hacerlo”.

Los centros comunitarios de vacunación son administrados por los estados y cada estado determina sus procedimientos y los grupos de prioridad de vacunación. Los centros pueden contar con el apoyo de agencias federales, incluida FEMA.

Hasta el 18 de marzo, FEMA ha asignado más de $4,390 millones para cubrir el 100 por ciento de los gastos relacionados con la vacunación contra COVID-19. Estos fondos cubren las necesidades de suministros esenciales, personal, capacitación y transporte que ayudan a aumentar los esfuerzos de vacunación.

Verifique dónde, cuándo y cómo puede ser vacunado en su comunidad y obtenga más información a través de su departamento de salud local. Además, puede encontrar una lista de lugares donde los adultos pueden ser vacunados (enlace en inglés).

Visite FEMA.gov/es para información sobre los esfuerzos de FEMA de apoyo en la vacunación.

March 19, 2021

WASHINGTON -- FEMA and its federal partners have supported President Biden's Jan. 20 goal of administering 100 million COVID-19 vaccines -- 42 days ahead of the 100-day goal.

In the ongoing battle against this pandemic, FEMA continues working to speed up vaccinations by supporting states and interagency partners who continue standing up and supporting additional community vaccination centers daily. Next week, federal pilot community vaccination centers will open in Atlanta and Detroit.

FEMA remains committed to the equitable distribution of vaccines. Using data from CDC’s social vulnerability index and population data from the census, the agency continues working with state partners to locate community vaccination centers where they will be able to do the most good for the most vulnerable populations.

“At FEMA, we are committed to advancing access and equity in the vaccination program,” said Acting FEMA Administrator Bob Fenton. “This is our highest priority, as we celebrate this milestone and our goal of ensuring everyone who wants a vaccine gets one.”

Community vaccination centers are led by states, and each state determines its own vaccination priority groups and procedures. Centers may be supported by federal agencies, including FEMA.

As of March 18, FEMA has provided more than $4.39 billion for expenses related to COVID-19 vaccination at 100% federal cost share. These funds cover critical supplies, staffing, training and transportation needs that support increased vaccination efforts.

Find out where, when and how to get a vaccine in your community and get more information from your local health department and a list of places where adults can get a vaccine.

Visit FEMA.gov for information on FEMA’s vaccination support efforts

March 19, 2021

PENSACOLA, Fla -- Hace seis meses, las comunidades de los 14 condados afectados en Florida experimentaron los devastadores efectos del huracán Sally. Desde que el huracán tocó tierra el 16 de septiembre de 2020, la asistencia federal para la recuperación en esos condados alcanza aproximadamente $269.2 millones. Esto incluye los pagos del seguro del Programa del Seguro Nacional de Inundación; las subvenciones de FEMA para alquiler provisional, reparaciones básicas de la vivienda y otras necesidades no cubiertas por el seguro; además de los préstamos por desastre de la Agencia Federal para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña Empresa para propietarios de viviendas, inquilinos y negocios.

Asistencia federal tras el paso del huracán Sally, hasta el 16 de marzo de 2021:

  • Más de $36.3 millones aprobados en Asistencia Individual de FEMA:
    • Más de $28.4 millones aprobados para costos de reparación de viviendas, reemplazo de viviendas y pagos de alquiler.
    • Casi $7.9 millones aprobados para reemplazar artículos domésticos esenciales y para otros costos críticos relacionados con el desastre.
  • 8,463 individuos y familias fueron aprobados para recibir asistencia para vivienda y otros costos relacionados con el desastre, como reparación de vivienda, asistencia para el alquiler y reemplazo de artículos domésticos esenciales.
  • Más de 5,400 propietarios de viviendas e inquilinos desplazados por la tormenta han recibido asistencia para alquiler.
  • La Agencia Federal para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña Empresa aprobó 2,141 préstamos por desastre a bajo interés para propietarios de viviendas, inquilinos y negocios por más de $84 millones.
  • 4,758 reclamaciones presentadas ante el Programa del Seguro Nacional de Inundación principalmente en los condados Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa y Walton; $144.5 millones pagados.
  • Los especialistas en seguros de inundación se han comunicado con más de 360 agentes de seguros y más de 280 profesionales de bienes raíces en el área afectada por el huracán Sally con información del seguro de inundación y los riesgos de inundaciones, reclamaciones y apoyo de mercadeo. 
  • Más de $4.4 millones en subvenciones de Asistencia Pública aprobadas para reembolsos relacionados con el huracán Sally a gobiernos estatales y locales, y ciertas organizaciones sin fines de lucro.

Actividades adicionales:

El Grupo de Coordinación de Recuperación Interagencial de FEMA trabaja en estrecha colaboración con el estado, los condados designados y sus comunidades, otros colaboradores federales, fundaciones, organizaciones sin fines de lucro y partes interesadas de los sectores público y privado durante los esfuerzos de recuperación del huracán Sally. Trabajan para ayudar a identificar y coordinar los recursos económicos y de otro tipo para satisfacer las necesidades más allá de lo que FEMA, el estado y otros programas pueden cubrir. El IRC ha proporcionado recursos de recuperación a las partes interesadas y las comunidades afectadas para informarles sobre los próximos seminarios en línea, adiestramientos, subvenciones y oportunidades de fondos. El IRC y la División de Manejo de Emergencias de Florida (FDEM) han planificado adiestramientos y talleres virtuales de asistencia técnica sobre las subvenciones para abril de 2021. Para obtener más información sobre los esfuerzos de recuperación del IRC después del huracán Sally en Florida, visite su portal de información y recursos de recuperación en https://fema.connectsolutions.com/dr4564sally/.

Todos los esfuerzos para restaurar y reconstruir las áreas más afectadas incluyen proyectos centrados en el abordaje a “toda la comunidad”, con agencias estatales y federales que se unen a líderes comunitarios, colaboradores religiosos y otros. A través de la asistencia de coordinación de los funcionarios de enlace de agencias voluntarias de FEMA y Volunteer Florida, se han formado tres Grupos de Recuperación a Largo Plazo en el franja oeste (Panhandle) para abordar las necesidades de recuperación del huracán Sally a largo plazo.

A medida que los costos de los desastres continúan aumentando, los gobiernos y los residentes deben encontrar formas de reducir los riesgos y peligros de nuestras comunidades. Según la declaración presidencial por el huracán Sally, todas las áreas dentro del estado de Florida son elegibles para recibir asistencia bajo el Programa de Subvenciones para Mitigación de Riesgos (HMGP). El financiamiento de HMGP ayuda a las comunidades a eliminar o reducir futuros daños relacionados con desastres. En general, las personas no pueden solicitar directamente a FEMA o al estado los fondos de HMGP, pero pueden ser patrocinadas a través de un gobierno local, una tribu o una organización privada sin fines de lucro. Todas las solicitudes de los gobiernos locales u otros se presentan al estado, quien recibe y distribuye los fondos de HMGP de FEMA.

Para más información sobre la recuperación por el huracán Sally en Florida, visite la página web de desastres de FEMA en https://www.fema.gov/es/disaster/4564 o la página web de la División de Manejo de Emergencias de Florida en https://www.floridadisaster.org/info/Sally/.

La asistencia de recuperación por desastre está disponible sin distinción de raza, color, religión, nacionalidad, sexo, edad, discapacidad, dominio del inglés o estado económico. Las quejas de derechos civiles en relación con actividades financiadas por FEMA pueden enviarse por correo postal a la Oficina de Igualdad de Derechos de FEMA, C Street SW, Room 4SW-0915, Washington, DC 20472-3505, por correo electrónico a FEMA-CivilRightsOffice@fema.dhs.gov, o llamando al 833-285-7448 (TTY 800-462-7585).

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

March 18, 2021

REGION 1 – A grant of over $2 million was awarded to The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help reimburse expenses associated with COVID-19 response efforts.

Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) received $2,877,307 for handling the major funding responsibilities of daily operations of Boston Hope Alternate Care Facility, located at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center during the Spring of 2020. 

The costs being reimbursed include costs for food services provided to all patients, staff and other related personnel located at the Boston Convention Center, as well as security services, A/V services, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), costs of electrical supply and delivery, and engineering and building automation system services. Alternate Care Sites like Boston Hope supplemented the state healthcare system by providing additional bed space when pandemic projections exceeded hospital capacity.

This project is funded through FEMA’s Public Assistance Program that reimburses eligible applicants for actions taken in the immediate response and during recovery from a major disaster. Eligible applicants include the state, federally recognized tribal governments, local governments, and certain private non-profit organizations. Project applications are submitted from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), which coordinates the process with eligible applicants.

FEMA awarded funding for this project directly to MEMA who works directly with the applicant to ensure all terms and conditions of the award are met before funding is disbursed.

“We are pleased to provide funding to the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority for the good work they have undertaken in the pandemic; this grant helps manage the financial demands they are experiencing,” said Acting Regional Administrator and Federal Coordinating Officer Paul Ford, who oversees FEMA’s operations in New England.  “We will continue to work closely with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in our shared efforts to respond to COVID-19.”

Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program is found at:

https://www.fema.gov/pubic-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit

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FEMA ’s mission is helping people before, during and after disasters

March 18, 2021

REGION 1 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently awarded more than $5.7 million is given to the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, to pass through to Southern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) to cover the cost of the State of Vermont’s Emergency Feeding Program. The state’s emergency feeding program called Vermont Everyone Eats was established and coordinated with state-wide sub-contractors (Hubs) who oversee restaurant engagement, meal production and meal distribution.  The program, a vital part of Vermont’s emergency feeding initiative, provided meals to the COVID-19 impacted population of the state.

This project is funded through FEMA’s Public Assistance Program that reimburses eligible applicants for actions taken in the immediate response and during recovery from a major disaster. Eligible applicants include the state, federally recognized tribal governments, local governments, and certain private non-profit organizations.

“We are pleased to provide this grant to Southern Vermont Community Action, Inc. to help manage financial demands they are experiencing as a result of COVID-19,” said Acting Region 1 Administrator and Federal Coordinating Officer Paul Ford, who oversees FEMA’s operations in New England. “We will continue to work closely with SEVAC as our shared efforts to respond to this pandemic continues.”

Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program is found at https://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit.

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters

March 18, 2021

REGION 1 – The State of Vermont received a grant totaling nearly $4 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help reimburse expenses associated with COVID-19 response efforts.  Since January 2020, COVID-19 has created an immediate threat to the health and safety of the public requiring emergency response and protective measures.

The grant, totaling $3,829,746, is awarded to the Vermont Department of Public Safety

for the cost of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and N95 sterilizer machines during the time between March 1, 2020 through September 14, 2020.

The state made the determination to work collaboratively with the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) for procurement of PPE and medical equipment due to their connections and capabilities beyond those of the state. UVMMC provided additional expertise on the fine medical details of PPE, as well as industry and logistical resources for both traditional and non-traditional sources and delivery options.

The resources procured were distributed for emergency use by healthcare and first responder personnel. N95 sterilizer machines were distributed to multiple hospitals and medical centers across the State of Vermont to allow sterilization for multiple re-uses, a critical need when they were bought and a continuingly valuable need until COVID is over.

The funding is awarded at 100% federal cost share through FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program which reimburses communities for actions taken in the immediate response and recovery activities during a disaster.

“We are pleased to award  the Vermont Department of Public Safety this funding to support the financial  demands the state is experiencing as a result of COVID-19,” said Acting Regional Administrator and Federal Coordinating Officer Paul Ford, who oversees FEMA’s operations in New England.  “We continue to work closely with Vermont in our shared efforts to respond to this pandemic and the needs of their residents.”

Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program is found at:

https://www.fema.gov/pubic-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit

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FEMA ’s mission is helping people before, during and after disasters

March 18, 2021

REGION 1 – The state of Rhode Island received a grant totaling over $1 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), awarded to help with expenses associated with COVID-19 response efforts. Since January of 2020, COVID-19 created an immediate threat to the health and safety of the public requiring emergency response and protective measures.

The grant of $1,220,988 is given to the Rhode Island Department of Health to reimburse expenses at the onset of the pandemic.  FEMA obligates this funding for the period of March 29, 2020 through June 30, 2020. 

Expenses covered through this grant include-costs incurred for providing laboratory and statewide reporting for Rhode Islanders who received COVID-19 tests, and the dissemination of educational resources for testing in multiple languages. The Department of Health also provided epidemiology and operations support to the emergency operation center, and statewide reporting of data On COVID related cases.

The funding is awarded at 100% federal cost share through FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program which reimburses communities for actions taken in the immediate response and recovery activities during a disaster.

 “The Rhode Island Department of Health responded to residents’ needs for testing; FEMA is pleased to help manage financial demands for these efforts,” said Acting Regional Administrator and Federal Coordinating Officer Paul Ford, who oversees FEMA’s operations in New England.  “We will continue to work closely with the state as the pandemic continues.”

Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program is found at:

https://www.fema.gov/pubic-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit

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FEMA ’s mission is helping people before, during and after disasters

March 18, 2021

La Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés) otorgó ayer $110 millones en fondos de ayuda humanitaria a la Junta Nacional del Programa de Alimentos y Refugio en Emergencias (EFSP, por sus siglas en inglés).

La junta nacional otorgará estos fondos a organizaciones locales sin fines de lucro y gubernamentales y a las instalaciones gubernamentales estatales elegibles y que hayan ayudado, o vayan a ayudar, a las personas y familias que el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional encuentre en la frontera sur de Estados Unidos.

Las entidades locales sin fines de lucro, con base de fe y gubernamentales que hayan brindado o vayan a brindar ayuda humanitaria a personas y familias en la frontera sur con alojamiento, alimentos y servicios de apoyo son elegibles para solicitar esta asistencia. Las solicitudes deben ser llenadas y entregadas a las juntas locales de EFSP. Las instalaciones de gobiernos estatales que proporcionaron servicios directos elegibles solicitarán a través del comité de reserva estatal de EFSP.

FEMA anunció el pasado viernes que $510 millones en fondos complementarios se hicieron disponibles para EFSP por disposición de la "Ley del Plan de Rescate Estadounidense de 2021 " para ayudar a las organizaciones en las comunidades de todo el país dedicadas a proporcionar alimentos, alojamiento y servicios de apoyo a las personas con emergencias económicas, incluyendo las personas sin hogar y que padecen de hambre en nuestra nación.

La ley proporcionó $400 millones para las organizaciones locales de servicios sociales que ayudan a las personas sin hogar y que padecen de hambre en nuestra nación. Los $110 millones adicionales son para las organizaciones que prestan ayuda humanitaria a los inmigrantes en la frontera sur.

El Programa de Alimentos y Refugio en Emergencias fue creado para complementar y aumentar el trabajo en curso de las organizaciones locales de servicios sociales, tanto gubernamental como sin fines de lucro, para brindar servicios de refugio, alimentos y de apoyo para las personas y familias que están atravesando por, o que están en riesgo de, padecer de hambre y perdida de hogar. FEMA preside la junta nacional, formada por representantes de varias organizaciones sin fines de lucro.

Los fondos del programa van dirigidos a ayudar a las personas con emergencias económicas no relacionadas con desastres. Los fondos pueden ser utilizados para una amplia gama de servicios, que incluyen: refugio en masa, alimentación en masa, bancos de alimentos, el pago de un mes de servicios públicos para evitar la desconexión de los servicios, el pago de un mes de renta o hipoteca para evitar el desahucio o la ejecución y asistencia de transición desde un refugio hacia condiciones más estables de vivienda.

Hay información adicional disponible en el sitio web del programa, que incluye información de contacto para juntas locales y comités de reservas estatales (enlaces en inglés). Las organizaciones también pueden enviar una solicitud por correo electrónico a suppfund@uww.unitedway.org o llamar al 703-706-9660 para obtener información de contacto de la junta local y comité de reserva estatal.

Todas las solicitudes serán evaluadas de manera competitiva. Los reembolsos y otorgamientos futuros para atender necesidades humanitarias, como gastos de alimentos de subsistencia y refugios tendrán prioridad.