Photos of the Whole-of-America COVID-19 Response Volume 1

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March 26, 2020

WASHINGTON — The federal government continues to take aggressive and proactive steps to address the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, moving supplies to medical hot spots every day.

“My current focus has been and will continue to be to make sure we get critical supplies to those places around the country that need them the most,” said FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor.

Under the direction of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, FEMA, HHS and our federal partners are working with state, local, tribal and territorial governments to execute a whole of government response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the public.

To learn more about the Whole-of-America COVID-19 response, visit

FEMA Field Hospital setup at the Jacob Javits Convention Center

two soldiers working

New York Army National Guard soldiers of the 133rd Composite Supply Company, part of the 53rd Troop Command, warehouse and inventory the initial shipments of a FEMA field hospital for setup at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City March 25. The Javits Center will be converted to a temporary medical facility to ease the bed shortage of New York hospitals as part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak. More than 2,000 New York National Guard soldiers and airmen are on duty as part of the response effort.

U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Sean Madden  

USNS Mercy Development 2020

A women is fixing clothes

Chief Hospital Corpsman Dom Navarro, from Orange County, Calif., counts patient gowns in the medical ward aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) March 26. Mercy deployed in support of the nation's COVID-19 response efforts and will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients who are admitted to shore-based hospitals. This allows shore-based hospitals to focus their efforts on COVID-19 cases. One of the Department of Defense's missions is defense support of civil authorities. DoD is supporting FEMA, the lead federal agency, as well as state, local and public health authorities in helping protect the health and safety of the American people.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan M. Breeden  

Idaho Strategic National Supply Delivery

stack of boxes on a truck

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare receives the first shipment March 25 from the Strategic National Supply, including goggles, N-95 masks, face shields, gloves and surgical masks.

Photo courtesy of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.  

Surging capacity and capability


Army National Guard service members from the 222nd Transportation Company, Florence, Ariz., haul a trailer for a local grocery store to surge capacity and capability, helping to close logistical gaps in the local supply chain. The Arizona National Guard activated more than 700 Arizona citizen-soldiers and airmen to support grocery stores, food banks and other community needs during this state of emergency response.

U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Michael Matkin  


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Last updated March 18, 2021