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Bringing Resources to State, Local, Tribal & Territorial Governments

FEMA Financial Support

New Policies & Guidance

Planning During a Pandemic

FEMA Administrator Letters

Supporting Reopening

Pro Association Resources

Tribal Governments

Defense Production Act

National Guard Activation

On March 13, 2020, the President declared a nationwide emergency for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic for all states, tribes, territories, and the District of Columbia under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

Financial Support

State, local, tribal, and territorial government entities and certain private non-profit organizations can apply for Public Assistance (PA) reimbursements for emergency protective measures taken during the pandemic.

In the Process of Applying for a FEMA Grant?

Review COVID-19 supplemental funding opportunities for Fiscal Year 2020:

Get the latest information on funding opportunities and answers to frequently asked questions.

Already Have a FEMA Grant?

Learn about additional flexibilities (exceptions) to provide administrative relief to financial assistance recipients affected by the loss of operational capacity and increased costs due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Get help implementing good financial management for COVID-19 and other incident response and recovery with our new Disaster Financial Management Guide and accompanying Fact Sheet.

New Policies and Guidance

Review a list of COVID-19 Public Assistance guidance documents, including those highlighted in this section.

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Learn how the federal government is coordinating support for COVID-19 vaccination, sources of federal funding and answers to other frequently asked questions about vaccination planning.

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Read the interim policy that provides a framework, details, and requirements for determining eligibility of work and costs under the Public Assistance program.

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Read the guidance on eligible emergency protective measures that may be reimbursed under the Public Assistance program.

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Review the types of emergency medical care eligible for public assistance reimbursements. 

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Learn how to apply for a grant award to administer supplemental payments for lost wages.

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Understand the rules for using FEMA funds to contract emergency response services and exceptions that apply under exigent or emergency circumstances.

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Learn about non-congregate sheltering and assistance for evacuation & sheltering under an emergency declaration during COVID-19.

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Read the policy on purchasing and distributing food as an emergency protective measure during COVID-19 and review new guidance from FEMA and HHS on meeting nutritional needs for at-risk individuals.

Planning During a Pandemic

Use these guides, tools and templates to develop plans to respond to all hazards during COVID-19.

Visit our Best Practices page for more information on how communities across the country have responded to the pandemic.

Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season

Prepare response and recovery actions for all hazards during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Download the Guide

Reconstituting Operations

Get help deciding when and how to resume operations while protecting the well-being and safety of your employees and communities.

Fact Sheet
Exercise Starter Kit

Health Department Resources

Find resources from the CDC and other organizations that help identify new cases, break chains of transmission, and protect first responders and health care workers from infection.

CDC Resource Page

Healthcare Planning Resources

The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) is sharing  healthcare planning resources for COVID-19 response and recovery.

TRACIE Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Information Gateway

Mass Care/Emergency Assistance Pandemic Planning

Guidance for developing mass care and emergency assistance plans associated with a pandemic.

Download the Guide

Personal Assistance Services Addendum

Provides guidance and promising practices to assist state, local, tribal and territorial partners, and shelter planners and operators, in anticipating and attending to the needs of people with disabilities.

Download the Addendum

Preparedness in a Pandemic

Conduct your own virtual planning workshop, exercise or tabletop to discuss your preparedness, response and recovery capabilities during a pandemic.

Exercise Starter Kit

FEMA Administrator Letters

Read FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor’s letters to emergency managers about critical steps to take in this whole-of-America crisis response.

Supporting Reopening

FEMA, HHS and federal partners are supporting the White House Guidelines to Opening Up America Again with resources and programs:


Patient Care

Professional Association Resources

Find COVID-19 specific resource pages with organizations that support state and local governments:

Tribal Governments

Federally recognized tribal governments have several options for COVID-19 related FEMA assistance.

  • Public assistance may be requested under the nationwide emergency declaration or through a major disaster declaration.
  • Crisis counseling is available to states that meet certain criteria. Tribal members that live inside those states will have access.

Each of the ten FEMA regions has Regional Tribal Liaisons to coordinate and connect tribes with FEMA leadership and program subject matter experts for information, technical assistance and resources.

Learn More

Defense Production Act

The Defense Production Act (DPA) gives the President the authority to work with the private sector to prioritize federal government contracts and to allocate materials to aid the national defense, including emergency response and preparedness activities.

President Trump issued an Executive Order on March 18 and a memorandum on April 3 outlining use of the Defense Production Act in response to COVID-19. Since then, the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) has rated contracts under the DPA to multiple companies for ventilators and FEMA has also issued a DPA enabled production order to 3M for 10 million N95 respirators.

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National Guard Activation Under Title 32

On March 22, President Trump directed the Secretary of Defense to permit full federal reimbursement through FEMA for states’ use of their National Guard forces until August 21, 2020.

On August 3, 2020, President Trump issued three memoranda extending his authorization of Federal Title 32 status for National Guard deployments in 49 states and territories in support of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic response. The extensions are valid from August 22, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

The President’s action provides Governors continued command of their National Guard forces, while being federally funded under Title 32. Each state’s National Guard is still under the authority of the Governor and is working in concert with the Department of Defense.

Learn More