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FEMA Approves $4.9 Million for Breathing Machines in Pennsylvania

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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will receive $4,999,500.00 from FEMA to include costs associated with the purchase of BiPAP machines to assist those having difficulty breathing as a result of exposure to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.


The $4.9 million grant represents a federal cost-share of the total project cost of $6.7 million. The remainder will come from non-federal sources. This grant is funded through FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant program which reimburses communities for actions taken in the immediate response and during recovery from a disaster. Eligible applicants include states, federally recognized tribal governments, U.S. territories, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations. The grant applications are submitted from the state, which coordinates the process with local governments.


FEMA obligated funding for this project directly to the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth is declared under one of an unprecedented 56 Major Disaster Declarations that for the first time in history covers all 50 states, five territories and Washington, DC.


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


Additional information on the whole-of-America response to the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the health and safety of the American people can be found at www.fema.gov/coronavirus/


FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during and after disasters. FEMA Region III’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Learn more about FEMA Region III at www.FEMA.gov/region-iii. Stay informed of FEMA’s activities online: videos and podcasts are available at fema.gov/medialibrary and youtube.com/fema. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/femaregion3.



Last updated April 21, 2020