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View our collection of key findings and considerations for jurisdictions and communities regarding ongoing COVID-19 pandemic operations across the country.
- Food banks
- Government engagement with citizens
- Considerations for people with disabilities
- Community Emergency Response Teams
- Volunteer management
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Many communities responded to COVID-19 in innovative ways that highlighted the best of American ingenuity.
- An Alabama-based company creates custom-made, digitally-fitted masks that meld to every contour of a person's face.
- A new platform matches elder or immunocompromised residents in Oakland, California, with low-risk volunteers who can help them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The University of Oregon's Institute for Health in the Built Environment is piloting the incorporation of regular testing of building surfaces and air ducts for the virus.
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- Disability Considerations
Guidance for state, local, tribal, and territorial governments on how to ensure that people with disabilities have adequate access to goods and services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Connecting Consumers with Local Food
Countries, cities and private citizens expanded local food production through family and community gardens to supplement supply chains to address COVID-19 pandemic related effects on traditional farming and food supply chains.
- Sustaining Nutritional Needs for At-Risk Individuals
Millions of Americans rely on a range of at-home and community-based food services. This resource provides federal agencies and state, local, tribal and territorial governments tools to sustain and expand home delivered meals and other nutrition programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for at-risk individuals.
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Other Resources to Help People
- Mass Care/Emergency Assistance Pandemic Planning Considerations Guide (FEMA)
- COVID-19 Response and Homelessness: An Action and Resource Guide (HUD)
- The Louisiana State University NCBRT
This nationally recognized center for emergency management training has developed a range of online COVID-19 resources and trainings for emergency responders.
- Natural Hazards Preparedness
Recommendations and best practices for state, local, tribal and territorial officials when managing the risks posed simultaneously by the COVID-19 pandemic and natural hazards.
- Government Engagement with Citizens
Methods jurisdictions have used to assess constituent needs to inform response efforts and identify relevant information to share with their communities.
- Pandemic Operational Guidance
To help emergency managers and public health officials prepare for hurricane season and other disasters during COVID-19.
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Other Government Operations Resources
- Exercise Starter Kit for Preparedness in a Pandemic
- Risk Management for Novel Coronavirus (CISA)
- State Level Information for Essential Workers Seeking Child Care (HHS)
- Guidance for First Responders on Patient Privacy during COVID-19 (HHS)
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (DOL)
Private Sector and Infrastructure
- Nuclear Industry Response
A list of key findings and considerations for jurisdictions and communities regarding use of Nuclear medical technology applications and Nuclear energy during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic operations.
- Longer-Term Business Reopening
Strategies supported by guidance from federal, state and local governments that businesses across various sectors can implement to protect employees and customers from COVID-19 as businesses begin phased reopening.
- Re-Orienting Business Production
Companies across industries repurposed their production capabilities to support the response to the coronavirus pandemic disease (COVID-19).
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Recovery Planning and Implementation
- Unemployment Insurance
Some examples of strategies states and territories implemented to help individuals file unemployment insurance claims.
- Reconstitution Planning
Organizations across the nation are grappling with when and how to resume operations while protecting the well-being and safety of their employees and communities.
- Financial Management
The recently released Disaster Financial Management Guide can help a jurisdiction successfully use all available federal resources for disaster recovery, including the COVID-19 Supplemental Funding.
- Environmental and Historic Preservation
Identify emergency protective measures for COVID-19 that may adversely affect natural, historic and/or archaeological resources. Learn how to comply with environmental and historic preservation laws, regulations and executive orders.
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Other Recovery Planning and Implementation Resources
Medical Supplies and Equipment
- Key Strategies to Prepare for COVID-19 in Long-term Care Facilities (CDC)
- ASPR TRACIE COVID-19 Information Exchange (HHS)
- Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators (CDC)
- Optimizing Ventilator Use during the COVID-19 Pandemic (HHS)
- Rapid Expert Consultation on Crisis Standards of Carex (HHS)
- Guidance on COVID-19 (CDC)