https://www.fema.gov/ en FEMA Awards $22 Million to Idaho for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/4534/20210511/fema-awards-22-million-idaho-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards $22 Million to Idaho for COVID-19 Response</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BOTHELL, Wash. </strong>– The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding $22 million to the Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IOEM) to reimburse the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare for emergency protective measures taken during the ongoing COVID-19 response.</p> <p>These protective measures support the distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccination efforts throughout the state. They include an increase in resources and staffing to support vaccine administration, equipment and supplies purchases for safe COVID-19 vaccine distribution and developing effective strategies to increase vaccine access to vulnerable populations, such as establishing mobile vaccination clinics.</p> <p>Grants for emergency protective measures are funded through <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program</a>, which reimburses communities for actions taken to respond and recover from a disaster. FEMA is providing a $22,573,180 grant directly to IOEM at 100 percent federal cost share. IOEM will then make disbursements to the state agencies and local and tribal jurisdictions that incurred eligible costs.</p> <p>"Idaho’s vaccination efforts were, and continue to be, critical in saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said FEMA Region 10 Acting Administrator Vincent J. Maykovich.</p> <p>FEMA streamlined the Public Assistance application and reimbursement process for the COVID-19 response so that applicants can receive funds faster. Expedited reimbursements help state, local, and tribal officials respond quickly to address immediate threats to life, public health, and safety.</p> <p> </p> <p>###</p> <p>Follow FEMA Region 10 on <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion10">Twitter</a> and <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/fema-region-10">LinkedIn</a> for the latest updates and visit our <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/vaccine-support">vaccine support page</a> for more information.</p> <p><em>FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>hannah.weinstein</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/11/2021 - 21:52</span> Tue, 11 May 2021 21:52:20 +0000 hannah.weinstein 619660 at https://www.fema.gov Mobile Vaccination Events in Jackson County, Oregon https://www.fema.gov/press-release/4499/20210507/mobile-vaccination-events-jackson-county-oregon <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Mobile Vaccination Events in Jackson County, Oregon</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Central Point, Ore.</strong> – A mobile vaccination unit that can administer up to 250 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine per day is operating throughout Jackson County, Oregon. The vaccines are free and available for anyone 16 years of age or older.</p> <p>Mobile vaccination events provide an additional option for individuals who want a vaccine but face increased barriers and challenges for accessing and traveling to established vaccine clinics. Partners at the Jackson County Vaccination Equity Center at the Expo coordinated with community-based organizations, businesses, schools, and faith community partners to host the mobile vaccination events. These organizations selected locations that are accessible to historically underserved priority populations including unhoused, Latinx, migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, wildfire survivors, and other communities needing extra support to access vaccination opportunities.</p> <p>No appointment is necessary. The Vaccination Equity Center and all mobile vaccination events are safe places, accessible to all, regardless of legal status. Language interpreters and support for people with disabilities are available. Telephonic language interpreting and on-site Spanish interpreters are available. Real-time American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting services are available through on-demand Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) on personal phone or on-site devices.</p> <p>The mobile vaccination events schedule for Jackson County is as follows:</p> <table><thead><tr><td> <p><strong>Date</strong></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Day</strong></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Time</strong></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Location</strong></p> </td> </tr></thead><tbody><tr><td> <p> 5/8/2021</p> </td> <td> <p> Saturday</p> </td> <td> <p> 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.</p> </td> <td> <p>Fiesta Market 1016 N Riverside Ave, Medford, OR 97501  </p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p> 5/9/2021</p> </td> <td> <p> Sunday</p> </td> <td> <p> 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.</p> </td> <td> <p>La Placita 2080 W Main St, Medford, OR 97501  </p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p> 5/10/2021</p> </td> <td> <p> Monday</p> </td> <td> <p> 12 - 2 p.m.</p> </td> <td> <p>St. Vincent de Paul 2424 N Pacific Hwy, Medford, OR 97501  </p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p> 5/13/2021</p> </td> <td> <p> Thursday</p> </td> <td> <p> 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.</p> </td> <td> <p>Rogue Valley Growers Market at Hawthorne Park 501 E Main St, Medford, OR 97504  </p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p> 5/13/2021</p> </td> <td> <p> Thursday</p> </td> <td> <p> 4 - 6 p.m.</p> </td> <td> <p>White Mountain Middle School 550 Wilson Ave, White City, OR 97503  </p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p> 5/14/2021</p> </td> <td> <p> Friday</p> </td> <td> <p> 12 - 2 p.m.</p> </td> <td> <p>Prospect Food Pantry 471 Mill Creek Dr, Prospect, OR 97536  </p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p> 5/15/2021</p> </td> <td> <p> Saturday</p> </td> <td> <p> 3 - 5:30 p.m.</p> </td> <td> <p>Shepherd of the Valley, Central Point 600 Beebe Rd, Central Point, OR 97502  </p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p> 5/16/2021</p> </td> <td> <p> Sunday</p> </td> <td> <p> 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.</p> </td> <td> <p>La Placita 2080 W Main St, Medford, OR 97501  </p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p> 5/20/2021</p> </td> <td> <p> Thursday</p> </td> <td> <p> 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.</p> </td> <td> <p>Rogue Valley Growers Market at Hawthorne Park 501 E Main St, Medford, OR 97504  </p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p> 5/23/2021</p> </td> <td> <p> Sunday</p> </td> <td> <p> 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.</p> </td> <td> <p>La Placita 2080 W Main St, Medford, OR 97501  </p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p> 5/27/2021</p> </td> <td> <p> Thursday</p> </td> <td> <p> 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.</p> </td> <td> <p>Rogue Valley Growers Market at Hawthorne Park 501 E Main St, Medford, OR 97504  </p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p> 5/29/2021</p> </td> <td> <p> Saturday</p> </td> <td> <p> 9 a.m.– 3 p.m.</p> </td> <td> <p>La Fiesta Market 1016 N Riverside Ave, Medford, OR 97501  </p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p> 5/30/2021</p> </td> <td> <p> Sunday</p> </td> <td> <p> 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.</p> </td> <td> <p>La Placita 2080 W Main St, Medford, OR 97501  </p> </td> </tr></tbody></table><p> </p> <p>###  </p> <p>Follow FEMA Region 10 on <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion10">Twitter</a>, <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/fema-region-10">LinkedIn</a>, and our <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZvZGwn1NGnDExnhD6">COVID-19 photo and video library</a> for the latest updates. Visit our <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/vaccine-support">vaccine support page</a> for more information.</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>hannah.weinstein</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 05/07/2021 - 20:05</span> Fri, 07 May 2021 20:05:50 +0000 hannah.weinstein 619533 at https://www.fema.gov Local Grocer Offers Pop-up Vaccination Clinic in Jackson County https://www.fema.gov/press-release/4499/20210507/local-grocer-offers-pop-vaccination-clinic-jackson-county <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Local Grocer Offers Pop-up Vaccination Clinic in Jackson County</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BOTHELL, Wash.</strong> – In March when COVID-19 vaccines first became available to Jackson County’s grocery store employees, Bob Ames, General Manager of Sherm’s Thurnderbird Markets, wanted to offer his 600 employees a convenient option to get inoculated as quickly as possible. Ames brought vaccinators directly to three of the Southern Oregon grocery chain’s stores. Ames was surprised when only 50-60 employees took advantage of the in-store vaccination clinic.</p> <p>Ames found that the primary reason for vaccine hesitancy among his employees was “it hasn’t been tested long enough,” and “Oregonians don’t like being told what they should do.” “Even though you’d like them all to take the vaccine, I don’t believe in telling people they have to take it,” said Ames, who has been with Sherm’s Markets for 40 years. However, Ames felt that many employees were taking a “wait and see” approach to the vaccine and wanted to do more to turn the crisis around in his community.</p> <p>When an Oregon Health Authority official reached out in late April with the option to provide a pop-up vaccination clinic at his Food 4 Less store in Medford, Ames jumped at the opportunity. Since then, a mobile vaccination unit has been operating from Sherm’s Food 4 Less parking lot providing convenient vaccines to the store's employees and customers. The unit provides surplus vaccines from Jackson County Vaccination Equity Center at the Expo that would otherwise go unused.</p> <p>This month, Sherm’s Food 4 Less, located at 2230 Biddle Rd, Medford, OR 97504, will host the mobile vaccination unit twice. The two open vaccination opportunities are scheduled 21 days apart so individuals who receive their first dose there can return to the same location for their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine:</p> <ul><li>Friday, May 7 from 3 to 6 p.m.</li> <li>Friday, May 28 from 3 to 6 p.m.</li> </ul><p>The vaccines are free, and no appointment is needed. No ID or insurance is required. The Pfizer vaccines are available for to anyone 16 years of age or older.</p> <p>“A lot of people come to our store, like 4,000 visits a day,” said Ames. “I think we’re gonna get a lot of people vaccinated.”</p> <p> </p> <p>###</p> <p>Follow FEMA Region 10 on <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion10">Twitter</a>, <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/fema-region-10">LinkedIn</a>, and our <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZvZGwn1NGnDExnhD6">COVID-19 photo and video library</a> for the latest updates, or visit our <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/vaccine-support">vaccine support page</a> for more information.</p> <p>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>hannah.weinstein</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 05/07/2021 - 19:47</span> Fri, 07 May 2021 19:47:02 +0000 hannah.weinstein 619532 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Oregon https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210506/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-major-disaster-declaration-oregon <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Oregon</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Oregon to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms from Feb. 11-15, 2021.</p> <p>Federal funding also is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storms in Benton, Clackamas, Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.</p> <p>Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.</p> <p>Toney Raines has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Raines said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mayshaunt.gary</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 05/06/2021 - 21:17</span> Thu, 06 May 2021 21:17:46 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 619480 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Leans Forward in First 100 Days of Biden-Harris Administration https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210501/fema-leans-forward-first-100-days-biden-harris-administration <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Leans Forward in First 100 Days of Biden-Harris Administration</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA continues to play a significant role in the ongoing battle against COVID-19, delivering on the agency’s commitment to bring vaccinations to hard-to-reach and historically underserved communities during the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris Administration.</p> <p>The agency has provided more than $4.7 billion to states, tribes, territories and the District of Columbia in support of pandemic response efforts across the country. FEMA’s strong partnerships with state, local, territorial and tribal governments is helping ensure everyone who wants a vaccine can get one, especially communities of color. “Equity is at the core of our federal response and recovery strategy, keeping hard-to-reach and underserved populations around the country at the forefront of decision making and operations,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell.</p> <p>“The needs of the community who visit our sites remains a top priority,” said Criswell. “We’re boosting accessibility by providing translation services in more than 180 languages for people with language barriers, as well as deploying our civil rights and disability integration staff to help partners address the needs of people with disabilities in all facets of vaccine center operations.”</p> <p>FEMA has opened over 30 pilot community vaccination centers and 11 mobile vaccination units across the United States serving hard-to-reach areas. As part of this mission, FEMA developed a <a href="/sites/default/files/documents/fema_civil-rights-covid-19_vaccine_checklist_02-11-2021.pdf">Civil Rights Checklist</a> to assist state, tribal and territorial partners in understanding and fulfilling their obligations to provide access to vaccine-related programs, activities and services in an equitable and nondiscriminatory manner.  </p> <p>“Through our 10 regional offices working with our various partners, we’ve ensured that more than 56% of historically underserved populations have been served through pilot community vaccination centers in cities throughout the country from Yakima County in Washington to Bessemer County in Alabama,” she said.</p> <p>The vaccine distribution mission is one of several other actions taken by the agency to support the nation. A full list of activities can be found <a href="/fact-sheet/biden-harris-administration-first-100-days">here</a>. The FEMA 100-Days of Action is in large part due to the efforts of the agency’s 10 regional offices.</p> <p>Here are some highlights:</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-1">Region 1</a> – Leveraging Partnerships, Achieving Results</h3> <p>The region set up a partnership with a group home in Rhode Island for adults with disabilities. The FEMA staff working at the Providence community vaccination center coordinates with this group to provide a sensory room for vaccinations in a separate space at the end of the day with a private entrance.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-1_hynes-community-vaccination-center_photo.jpg" width="735" height="737" alt="A group of soilders standing in attention. Soldiers in the front holding a sign stating &quot;100,00 Vaccinated US NAVY Loves Boston&quot;." /></div> </article><p> </p> <p>BOSTON -- FEMA Region 1, along with federal and state partners, commemorates 100k vaccines administered at the Hynes community vaccination center in mid-April.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-2">Region 2</a> – Bringing Vaccinations to the Northeast Corridor</h3> <p>FEMA Region 2 has opened pilot community vaccination centers in Newark, New Jersey; New York City (Brooklyn and Queens), Albany, Erie, Westchester and Monroe, New York.</p> <p>The federal pilot community vaccination centers are just one part of the overall support FEMA provides to states and jurisdictions.  FEMA works with each state, tribe and territory to identify COVID-related resource needs and provide tailored resources to support vaccination efforts.  FEMA provides 100% of funding for protective measures against COVID-19 and vaccine-related activities.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-2_bringing-vaccinations-northeast-corridor_photo.jpg" width="935" height="625" alt="FEMA workers assisting a survivor register for a vaccine. " /></div> </article><p>PATERSON, N.J. -- FEMA staff at a community vaccination center at Cavalry Baptist Church help community members with the vaccination process.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-3">Region 3</a> – Grass Roots Outreach, Multiple Centers Connect the Region with Vaccine Access</h3> <p>Region 3 worked with local, state, private sector and federal partners to identify, build out and open three federal pilot sites focused on ensuring vaccines were accessible to socially vulnerable citizens in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.  Sites included: Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, the Greenbelt, Maryland, Metro Station and Military Circle Mall in Norfolk, Va. </p> <p>Region 3 also worked with the city of Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania to stand up the first Federal Type I Pilot “walk-through” site in the country, located at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-3_grass-roots-outreach.jpg" width="1013" height="659" alt="FEMA Worker holding a umbrella and another working signing a survivor up for vaccinations. " /></div> </article><p>CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A FEMA staff member assists with logistics at a West Virginia community vaccination center.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-3_staff-assist-city-center-community-vaccination-center_photo.jpg" width="1012" height="677" alt="FEMA working standing in a Vaccinations Center" /></div> </article><p>PHILADELPHIA -- FEMA staff assists with the City Center community vaccination center.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-4">Region 4</a> – Setting up Centers to do the Most Good for the Most Vulnerable</h3> <p>In March, FEMA Region 4 worked with state partners to open a community vaccination center at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The state-of-the-art facility 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.</p> <p>The decision to locate a federal pilot community vaccination center in Atlanta was data-driven, using information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Social Vulnerability Index and population data from the census. FEMA 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.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_atl-cvc-af1-tour_4.jpg" width="612" height="407" alt="Sgt. Matthew Mattias, a combat medic assigned to to Fort Stewart, Ga., prepares a syringe with the COVID vaccine before administering to a patient in Atlanta’s community vaccination center at Mercedes-Benz Stadium." /></div> </article><p>ATLANTA -- Sgt. Matthew Mattias prepares a syringe with the COVID-19 vaccine before administering to a patient in the community vaccination center at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-4_spanish-spokesperson_daniel-llargues-talks-reporters_photo.jpg" width="912" height="683" alt="Spanish Spokesperson Daniel Llargues talks to reporter on the opening of a COVID Vaccination Center" /></div> </article><p> </p> <p>MIAMI -- FEMA Spanish Spokesperson Daniel Llargues talks to reporters at the community vaccination center about equitable vaccine distribution and the partnership between local, state and the federal government to run these centers nationwide.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-5">Region 5</a> – Detroit Center Serves up to 6K Shots Per Day</h3> <p>FEMA Region 5 worked with state partners in the region to open community vaccination centers, including one at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGDBRg42kWU">Detroit’s Ford Field</a>, providing up to 6,000 shots per day, with a focus on equity in vaccine administration by reaching socially vulnerable, underrepresented populations.</p> <p>In March, FEMA provided $36M to Wayne County for costs related to the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant funding will help Wayne County and the state of Michigan end this pandemic and expand COVID-19 vaccine availability to individuals who need them most.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_regional-administrator-visits-cleveland-vaccination-center_2.jpg" width="651" height="434" alt="Acting FEMA Region 5 Regional Administrator checks in with vaccine recipients at the Cleveland community vaccination center." /></div> </article><p>CLEVELAND -- Acting Region 5 Regional Administrator Kevin Sligh speaks with a patient before she receives her COVID-19 vaccine at the Wolstein Center.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-6">Region 6</a> – Working to Expedite Vaccinations Across the Southwest</h3> <p>FEMA Region 6 has opened pilot community vaccination centers in Houston, Arlington and Dallas, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.</p> <p>FEMA and its federal partners have been supporting states through the federal pilot community vaccination centers to assist, augment and expedite vaccinations across the United States.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/region-6_vaccines-delivered-pilot-community-vaccination_center_Houston_photo.jpg" width="963" height="634" alt="men unboxing the covid-19 vaccines outside in front of the fema trailer" /></div> </article><p>HOUSTON -- COVID-19 vaccines delivered to a pilot community vaccination site in Houston.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-7">Region 7</a> – Vaccinating the Community with up to 3K Shots a Day</h3> <p>FEMA Region 7 opened a pilot communication vaccination center in St. Louis, capable of administering 3,000 shots per day. Community vaccination centers are led by states and may be supported by federal government entities, including FEMA. State governments also determine vaccination priorities and procedures.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_regon-7_dome-community-vaccination-center_photo.jpg" width="822" height="695" alt="A female soldier administrating the covid-19 shot to a male " /></div> </article><p> </p> <p>ST. LOUIS -- Vaccinations administered at the Dome community vaccination center. </p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-8">Region 8</a> – Partnership with Indian Health Service Brings Vaccines to Tribal Communities</h3> <p>FEMA Region 8 continues making vaccinations available to communities in a way that has overcome multiple access barriers. The region partnered with Indian Health Service on mobile vaccinations units that offered refrigeration capabilities that enabled delivery of vaccinations in rural tribal communities, allowing 16- and 17-year-old tribal members access to vaccines.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-8_partnership-indian-health-service_photo.jpg" width="848" height="570" alt="A woman standing beside a woman in a chair beside a nurse seating at a table " /></div> </article><p> </p> <p>SISSETON, S.D. -- A nurse with Indian Health Service provides information to the community.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-9">Region 9</a> – More than 50 Percent of Adults Vaccinated on the Navajo Nation</h3> <p>The first two pilot federal community vaccination centers in the country were established in Los Angeles and Oakland, California. In eight weeks, 62% of individuals vaccinated at the California community vaccination centers were people of color.</p> <p>With more than 150 tribal nations, Region 9 also deployed federal staff to clinics on the Navajo Nation. Last year, the Navajo Nation experienced the highest per capita rate of COVID-19 infection in the country, and this year the tribe became the first tribe, state or territory in the region to vaccinate more than 50% of adults.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-9_spanish-interpreter-assists-dod-staff_photo.jpg" width="980" height="652" alt="A woman standing in front of a male and and female solider looking at a table. All 3 of them are wearing face mask and shields" /></div> </article><p> </p> <p>LOS ANGELES -- A Spanish interpreter assists DOD staff at the Cal State LA community vaccination center.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-10">Region 10</a> – Pilot Centers Operating in Oregon and Washington</h3> <p>FEMA Region 10 has opened pilot community vaccination centers in Central Point, Oregon and Yakima, Washington.</p> <p>The federal government has provided critical support in the form of personnel, supplies and/or funding to help establish or expand state-led community vaccination centers nationwide.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-10-testing-sites-anchorage-alaska_photo.jpg" width="1017" height="675" alt="medical professional standing around a table" /></div> </article><p>ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- FEMA awarded over $11M to Alaska to reimburse the operation of COVID-19 testing sites in Anchorage, Alaska.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>zella.campbell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 05/01/2021 - 19:17</span> Sat, 01 May 2021 19:17:37 +0000 zella.campbell 619258 at https://www.fema.gov Shoshone County Facing Probation from the National Flood Insurance Program https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210501/shoshone-county-facing-probation-national-flood-insurance-program <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Shoshone County Facing Probation from the National Flood Insurance Program </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BOTHELL, Wash</strong>. – <a>Shoshone County, Idaho, will be placed on probationary status by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on July 1, 2021, due to deficiencies and violations with the county’s floodplain management program unless the County can either remediate all outstanding violations or prepare a compliance plan approved by FEMA. </a></p> <p>Shoshone County is an NFIP-participating community with 61 flood insurance policies in force with a total coverage of more than $10 million as of April  2, 2021.</p> <p>When a community joins the NFIP, it voluntarily adopts local floodplain management regulations to meet NFIP minimum floodplain management criteria. Placement on probation is a formal notice to the community that the local floodplain management program is not compliant with the criteria of the NFIP and is the first step in the process to suspend the community’s eligibility to participate in the NFIP.</p> <p>Unless the County either remediates the violations or completes a compliance plan approved by FEMA,the probation period will begin on July 1, 2021 and be in effect for one year.</p> <p>Program deficiencies include:</p> <ol><li>Noncompliant floodplain management regulations.</li> <li>Failure to maintain an adequate permitting process to ensure development in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) is properly permitted and inspected to certify/confirm compliance with the permit.</li> <li>Failure to maintain adequate documentation to demonstrate permitted development follows minimum regulations.</li> <li>Failure to enforce the minimum floodplain management regulations when the documentation that is provided demonstrates a violation.</li> </ol><p>Violations include:</p> <ol><li>Buildings constructed in the SFHA on solid foundation walls without the required flood openings.</li> <li>Lack of evidence of compliance certification for development in the SFHA.</li> <li>Lack of permits for development in the SFHA.</li> </ol><p>While FEMA has worked with Shoshone County to gain compliance, the county has failed to submit the requested documentation to demonstrate compliance with the NFIP. Accordingly, FEMA is prepared to place Shoshone County on probation with the NFIP.</p> <p>During the probationary period, flood insurance coverage will remain available within Shoshone County. However, a $50 surcharge will be added to the premium of each new and renewed flood insurance policy sold within the community for at least one year from the effective date of probation. Each flood insurance policyholder in unincorporated Shoshone County will receive a notice about the impending probation and the $50 surcharge.</p> <p>Failure to correct identified deficiencies and to improve the floodplain management program within Shoshone County during the probationary period can lead to suspension from the NFIP. Flood insurance from the NFIP is no longer available for purchase for communities on suspension. If a flood disaster occurs in a suspended community, most types of federal disaster assistance would not be available. This includes the acquisition, construction, or repair of insurable structures within the SFHA as well as federal assistance to individuals and households for housing and personal property.</p> <p>FEMA will continue to provide technical assistance and guidance to the county to resolve program deficiencies and correct the violations to help ensure that Shoshone County residents and property owners continue to have flood insurance coverage available.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>zella.campbell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 05/01/2021 - 18:39</span> Sat, 01 May 2021 18:39:39 +0000 zella.campbell 619256 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Awards $1.1 Million for Road Repairs in John Day https://www.fema.gov/press-release/4452/20210429/fema-awards-1-1-million-road-repairs-john-day <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards $1.1 Million for Road Repairs in John Day</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BOTHELL, Wash.</strong> – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded more than $1.1 million in federal funding to the City of John Day, Oregon, to repair road damage caused by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides in 2019. The storm caused floodwaters to erode and damage 4th Avenue, which is emergency traffic’s sole access point between the hospital and the emergency medical air transportation facilities at the airport.</p> <p>FEMA provided this $1.1 million in federal funding through the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">Public Assistance</a> program, which reimburses communities for actions taken for response and recovery from a disaster. Public Assistance funding can cover emergency assistance to save lives, protect property, and restore community infrastructure affected by a major disasters or emergencies.</p> <p>These funds are awarded directly to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management to make disbursements to the state agencies and local and tribal jurisdictions that incurred costs. To learn more about the Public Assistance program, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">fema.gov/assistance/public</a>.</p> <p>###</p> <p>Follow FEMA Region 10 on <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion10">Twitter</a> and <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/fema-region-10">LinkedIn</a> for the latest updates and visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">FEMA.gov</a> for more information.</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>hannah.weinstein</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 04/29/2021 - 23:05</span> Thu, 29 Apr 2021 23:05:47 +0000 hannah.weinstein 619166 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Awards $3 Million to Mitigate Wildfire Risk in Ashland https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210429/fema-awards-3-million-mitigate-wildfire-risk-ashland <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards $3 Million to Mitigate Wildfire Risk in Ashland </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BOTHELL, Wash</strong>. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded a $3 million grant to Ashland, Oregon, to create wildfire defensible space around 1,100 homes and to replace 23 wood shake roofs with ignition-resistant roof material. </p> <p>The City of Ashland in Oregon’s Jackson County is in a high wildfire risk zone. In the fall of 2020, neighboring communities of Talent and Phoenix were devastated by the Almeda Fire, which burned 2,977 acres and destroyed over 2,300 structures. </p> <p>This mitigation project will help protect the identified structures and nearby structures from wildfires and will help homes in the Ashland area comply with recommended local best practices for wildfire risk reduction. Replacing wood shake roofs and providing defensible space to structures reduces the risk of wildfire spread and diminishes the likelihood of wildfires starting from embers. Once these highly flammable roofs are replaced, these types of roofs will no longer be allowed in Ashland.</p> <p>This $3 million <a href="https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/pre-disaster">Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant</a> is paid directly to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management to then disburse to the City of Ashland. These funds are authorized under Section 203 of the Stafford Act and target structures that have the greatest wildfire risk. The City of Ashland is contributing a $1 million cost-share, making the total value of this grant $4 million.</p> <p>The project includes hiring a project manager, preliminary assessments of identified homes, surveys for vegetation removal, scheduling and training of pre-approved contractors, removal of vegetation, and reconstruction of roofs.</p> <p>In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, this project went through an environmental assessment and a subsequent Finding of No Significant Impact was issued.</p> <p>###</p> <p>Follow FEMA Region 10 on <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion10">Twitter</a> and <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/fema-region-10">LinkedIn</a> for the latest updates and visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/pre-disaster">FEMA.gov</a> for more information.</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>hannah.weinstein</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 04/29/2021 - 19:06</span> Thu, 29 Apr 2021 19:06:10 +0000 hannah.weinstein 619162 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Awards $7.9 Million in Grants for Anchorage School District https://www.fema.gov/press-release/4413/20210428/fema-awards-7-9-million-grants-anchorage-school-district <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards $7.9 Million in Grants for Anchorage School District</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BOTHELL, Wash</strong>. –The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded three <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">Public Assistance</a> grants totaling $7,903,431 to Alaska’s Anchorage School District. These funds cover restoration of Dimond High School and Gruening Middle School following damages due to the 2018 Alaska Earthquake as well as reimbursements for emergency protective measures taken across the Anchorage School District.</p> <p>The earthquake caused extensive damage to Dimond High School and Gruening Middle School. Both schools were temporarily closed until emergency repairs could be made. Dimond High School sustained damage to the main building’s thermal seal glass windows, ceiling system support/grids, heating pipes, cracks in veneer, cracks in the sheet rock, drywall, flooring, and the cold-formed steel diagonal bracing. The school also sustained damage to the gymnasium, playground, and track field. Gruening Middle School sustained damage to its interior and exterior building, a maintenance access road, and to equipment. Two Public Assistance grants totaling $4.3 million are intended to restore Gruening Middle School ($2,240,995) and Dimond High ($2,029,053) back to their pre-disaster design, capacity, and function.</p> <p>Reimbursements for emergency protective measures account for the remaining $3.6 million of this $7.9 million award. Examples of emergency protective measures taken across the Anchorage School District include implementing barriers, fencing, and signage for damaged facilities; shoring and bracing structurally-compromised buildings; installing temporary slope stabilization for two school buildings; and renting equipment and substitute facilities that allowed education to continue while the school buildings were temporarily closed.</p> <p>FEMA provides this $7.9 million in federal funding through the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">Public Assistance</a> program, which reimburses communities for actions taken for response and recovery from a disaster. Public Assistance funding can cover emergency assistance to save lives, protect property, and restore community infrastructure affected by a major disasters or emergencies.   </p> <p>Public Assistance funds are awarded directly to Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Alaska to make makes disbursements to state agencies, local, and tribal jurisdictions that incurred costs. This funding is provided at 75 percent federal share.  To learn more about the Public Assistance program, visit  <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">fema.gov/assistance/public</a>. </p> <p>###</p> <p>Follow FEMA Region 10 on <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion10">Twitter</a> and <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/fema-region-10">LinkedIn</a> for the latest updates and visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">FEMA.gov</a> for more information.</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>hannah.weinstein</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 04/28/2021 - 22:46</span> Wed, 28 Apr 2021 22:46:07 +0000 hannah.weinstein 619116 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Awards $11 Million for Alaska’s COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/4533/20210416/fema-awards-11-million-alaskas-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards $11 Million for Alaska’s COVID-19 Response</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><table><tbody><tr><td> <p><strong>BOTHELL, Wash.</strong> –  The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&amp;EM) over $11 million for the operation of COVID-19 community-based testing sites in the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska.</p> <p>The $11,037,116 grant, which is provided at 100 percent federal cost share, reimburses Anchorage for costs incurred during the COVID-19 emergency response for the operation and management of drive-thru and mobile testing sites.  </p> <p>"Testing is a vital part of the COVID-19 response and helps ensure the health and safety of Alaskans,” said FEMA Region 10 Acting Administrator Vincent J. Maykovich.</p> <p>Grants for emergency protective measures are funded through FEMA’s <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">Public Assistance Grant Program</a>, which reimburses communities for eligible actions taken to respond and recover from a disaster. This FEMA grant is paid directly to Alaska DHS&amp;EM which then makes disbursements to the local and tribal jurisdictions and state agencies that incurred eligible costs.</p> <p>FEMA streamlined the Public Assistance application and reimbursement process for the COVID-19 response so that applicants can receive funds faster. Expedited reimbursements help state, local and tribal officials respond quickly to address immediate threats to life, public health, and safety.</p> <p>###</p> <p> Follow FEMA Region 10 on <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion10">Twitter</a>, <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/fema-region-10">LinkedIn</a>, and our <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZvZGwn1NGnDExnhD6">COVID-19 photo and video library</a> for the latest updates. </p> <p><em>FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.</em></p> </td> </tr></tbody></table></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>hannah.weinstein</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 04/16/2021 - 23:50</span> Fri, 16 Apr 2021 23:50:00 +0000 hannah.weinstein 618778 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA, State and County Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccinations in Jackson County at Pilot Community Vaccination Center https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210412/fema-state-and-county-accelerate-covid-19-vaccinations-jackson-county-pilot <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA, State and County Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccinations in Jackson County at Pilot Community Vaccination Center</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BOTHELL, Wash.</strong> – A Pilot Community Vaccination Center (CVC) will open in Jackson County, Oregon, on April 21 to accelerate COVID-19 vaccinations to Oregon’s historically underserved communities at high risk of infection.</p> <p>This joint effort from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Jackson<strong> </strong>County Health and Human Services, and Jackson County Emergency Management includes a fixed site with drive-thru and walk-up options as well as mobile vaccination delivery.</p> <p>Through this partnership, vaccination capacity at this location will expand by 1,000 vaccine doses per day. 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 Jackson County Pilot CVC expands upon current county-wide efforts to include vaccination services to rural and agricultural communities, unsheltered populations, and individuals displaced by wildfires.</p> <p>“We are committed to making sure everyone who wants a vaccine can get one. The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially hard for communities in and around Jackson County who also suffered from historic wildfires,” said FEMA Region 10 Acting Administrator Vincent J. Maykovich. “We are excited to partner to provide equitable access to the vaccine.”</p> <p>“I am so pleased Jackson County was chosen for a FEMA community vaccination center. The site will bolster our current efforts to deliver vaccines quickly and equitably, and to meet communities where they are,” said Governor Kate Brown. “As the state recovers from last year’s historic wildfires and continues to manage through the pandemic, my goal is to elevate the needs of the communities hardest hit, especially those that have been historically underserved, and to rebuild those communities stronger and more resilient. The CVC in Jackson County will help us achieve that goal.”</p> <p>“This convenient community vaccination center will give more people in southern Oregon a chance to get a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect your loved ones and yourself, so we can all get back to seeing the people we miss, doing the things we love and living free from restrictions the pandemic has forced on us. We welcome the additional vaccines the federal government is providing to protect people in southern Oregon communities and FEMA’s partnership in organizing this pilot vaccination clinic,” said Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen.</p> <p>“Receiving the Pilot Community Vaccination Center and this level of support from our federal and state partners is a welcome relief and help to our community,” said John Vial, Director, Jackson County Emergency Operations Center. “The impact of dealing with this pandemic while simultaneously responding to our county’s largest wildfire disaster has taken a toll on our community and its resources. We are tired and grateful for the help.”</p> <p>The Jackson County Pilot CVC will be located at the Expo, 1 Penninger Rd, Central Point. Registration is possible on site. However, individuals are strongly encouraged to register for an appointment by scheduling online at <a href="http://jcorcovid19.org/VaccineAppointments">jcorcovid19.org/VaccineAppointments</a> or call 2-1-1 for information in English or Spanish.</p> <p>Additional details on opening date and registration process are forthcoming, as FEMA works with the OHA and OEM, Jackson County Health and Human Services and Jackson County Emergency Management in support of expanding the county’s vaccination efforts.</p> <p>In alignment with President Biden’s <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/National-Strategy-for-the-COVID-19-Response-and-Pandemic-Preparedness.pdf">plan to respond to COVID-19</a>, FEMA continues to work with our state, local, and tribal partners to expedite vaccinations across Region 10 in an efficient, effective, and equitable manner. When considering options, the best vaccine is the one that is available to you.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mayshaunt.gary</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/12/2021 - 15:30</span> Mon, 12 Apr 2021 15:30:46 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 618645 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Washington https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210408/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-major-disaster-declaration-washington <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Washington</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Washington to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe winter storm, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, and mudslides from Dec. 29, 2020 to Jan. 16, 2021.</p> <p>The President's action makes federal funding available to the state, tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the winter storm in Clallam, Columbia, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, Klickitat, Lewis, Mason, Okanogan, Pacific, Pend Oreille, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Spokane and Wahkiakum counties.</p> <p>Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.</p> <p>Timothy B. Manner has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mayshaunt.gary</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 04/08/2021 - 18:48</span> Thu, 08 Apr 2021 18:48:45 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 618536 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA COVID-19 Vaccinations Update https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210407/fema-covid-19-vaccinations-update <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA COVID-19 Vaccinations Update</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- Today, federal pilot community vaccination centers opened in Gary, Indiana; Greenbelt, Maryland; St. Louis; Memphis, Tennessee and Milwaukee, with additional federal pilot community vaccination centers scheduled to open next week in Pueblo, Colorado; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Columbia, South Carolina.</p> <p>FEMA mobile vaccination units are now operating in Nevada, Oregon, Connecticut and Maryland, bringing vaccinations to hard-to-reach and high-risk populations who cannot access services from fixed sites.</p> <p><a>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 federal pilot community vaccination centers where they will be able to do the most good for the most vulnerable </a>and historically underrepresented communities, to ensure everyone who wants a vaccine gets one.</p> <p>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 continues working to speed up vaccinations by supporting states as they open community vaccine centers across the country and <a>continues working with interagency partners to provide support to additional sites daily.</a></p> <p><a>FEMA has now provided more than <strong>$4.5 billion</strong> </a>for expenses related to COVID-19 vaccination at 100% federal cost share. These <a href="https://www.fema.gov/blog/fema-expands-efforts-distribute-vaccinations">funds cover critical supplies, staffing, training and transportation needs</a> that support increased vaccination efforts.</p> <p>Find out where, when and how to get a vaccine in your community and get more information from <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/index.html/">your local health department</a> and a <a href="https://vaccinefinder.org/search/">list of places where adults can get a vaccine</a>. Visit FEMA.gov for information on <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/vaccine-support">FEMA’s vaccination support efforts</a>.</p> <h3><strong>Walk-up Vaccination Center Opens in Yakima, Wash.</strong></h3> <p> </p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_cvc.jpg" width="612" height="408" alt=" A walk-up mobile vaccination center is set up in a grocery store parking lot. " /></div> </article><p>YAKIMA, Wash. -- A walk-up mobile vaccination center is set up in a grocery store parking lot.</p> <p><em>FEMA photo by </em><em>Jeff Markham </em></p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_cvc-washington.jpg" width="612" height="408" alt="Vaccine recipients begin the process at a walk-up vaccination center" /></div> </article><p>YAKIMA, Wash. -- Vaccine recipients begin the process at a walk-up vaccination center.</p> <p><em>FEMA photo by </em><em>Jeff Markham </em></p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_cvc-washington_2.jpg" width="617" height="404" alt="-- A vaccine recipient gets her first COVID-19 vaccine shot at the newly opened walk-up vaccination center. " /></div> </article><p>YAKIMA, Wash. -- A vaccine recipient gets her first COVID-19 vaccine shot at the newly opened walk-up vaccination center.  </p> <p><em>FEMA photo by </em><em>Jeff Markham</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mayshaunt.gary</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 04/07/2021 - 21:42</span> Wed, 07 Apr 2021 21:42:43 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 618502 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Awards $5.3 Million to Oregon for COVID-19 Expenses https://www.fema.gov/press-release/4499/20210330/fema-awards-5-3-million-oregon-covid-19-expenses <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards $5.3 Million to Oregon for COVID-19 Expenses</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BOTHELL, Wash.</strong> –  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded $5,317,675 million in federal funding to the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) for emergency protective measures taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. FEMA provides this funding at 100 percent federal cost share.</p> <p>Oregon’s DHS arranged for non-congregate sheltering for COVID-19 positive individuals with medical-related needs that required isolation from others while they were convalescing. To provide for this medical sheltering, Oregon’s DHS contracted with three care facilities to make available 121 beds for those who had the virus.</p> <p>Grants for emergency protective measures are funded through FEMA’s <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">Public Assistance Grant Program</a>, which reimburses communities for actions taken for response and recovery from a disaster. FEMA reimbursement is paid directly to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, which then makes disbursements to the local and tribal jurisdictions and state agencies that incurred costs.</p> <p>FEMA streamlined the Public Assistance application and reimbursement process for the COVID-19 response so that applicants can receive funds faster. Expedited reimbursements help state, local, and tribal officials respond quickly to address immediate threats to life, public health, and safety.  </p> <p>###</p> <p>Follow FEMA Region 10 on <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion10">Twitter</a>, <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/fema-region-10">LinkedIn</a>, and our <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZvZGwn1NGnDExnhD6">COVID-19 photo and video library</a> for the latest updates. Visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/vaccine-support">FEMA.gov</a> for more information.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>hannah.weinstein</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 03/30/2021 - 21:46</span> Tue, 30 Mar 2021 21:46:18 +0000 hannah.weinstein 618244 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA, State and County Partners to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccinations in Yakima County at Pilot Community Vaccination Center https://www.fema.gov/press-release/4481/20210322/fema-state-and-county-partners-accelerate-covid-19-vaccinations-yakima-cvc <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA, State and County Partners to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccinations in Yakima County at Pilot Community Vaccination Center</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BOTHELL, Wash.</strong> – 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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>“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.</p> <p>“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.”</p> <p>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.</p> <p>"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."</p> <p>“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.</p> <p>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 <a href="http://www.yakimahealthdistrict.org/">YakimaHealthDistrict.org</a>.</p> <p>Please check your phase eligibility using <a href="https://form.findyourphasewa.org/210118771253954">Phase Finder</a>. Then, register for an appointment on <a href="https://prepmod.doh.wa.gov/clinic/search?q%5Bservices_name_in%5D%5B%5D=covid&amp;location=&amp;search_radius=25+miles&amp;q%5Bvenue_search_name_or_venue_name_i_cont%5D=yakima&amp;clinic_date_eq%5Byear%5D=&amp;clinic_date_eq%5Bmonth%5D=&amp;clinic_date_eq%5Bday%5D=&amp;q%5Bvaccinations_name_i_cont%5D=&amp;commit=Search#search_results">Prep-Mod</a>  or call <strong>1-800-525-0127</strong>.<strong> </strong>Proof of eligibility is required, which may be an employer/provider letter, work ID badge, or screenshot of Phase Finder approval.</p> <p>In alignment with President Biden’s <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/National-Strategy-for-the-COVID-19-Response-and-Pandemic-Preparedness.pdf">plan to respond to COVID-19</a>, FEMA continues to work with our state, local, and tribal partners to expedite vaccinations across Region 10 in an efficient, effective, and equitable manner.</p> <p>###</p> <p>Follow FEMA Region 10 on <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion10">Twitter</a>, <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/fema-region-10">LinkedIn</a>, and our <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZvZGwn1NGnDExnhD6">COVID-19 photo and video library</a> for the latest updates. Visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/vaccine-support">FEMA.gov</a> for more information.</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>hannah.weinstein</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 03/22/2021 - 16:48</span> Mon, 22 Mar 2021 16:48:26 +0000 hannah.weinstein 617847 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Awards $110 Million to Oregon to Support Vaccination Efforts https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210308/fema-awards-110-million-oregon-support-vaccination-efforts <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards $110 Million to Oregon to Support Vaccination Efforts</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BOTHELL, Wash</strong>. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $110 million in federal funding to assist the Oregon Health Authority (0HA) and partners in operating dozens of COVID-19 vaccination centers throughout the state.</p> <p>In coordination with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, FEMA obligated this initial $110,082,859 at 100 percent federal cost share to support the state of Oregon to cover the costs of emergency activities, including labor, contract services, security, refrigeration, supplies, equipment, and facility rentals.</p> <p>"These expedited funds are critical in the effort to ensure that our partners are able to provide vaccine access to residents of Oregon,” said FEMA Region 10 Acting Administrator Vincent J. Maykovich.</p> <p>The FEMA-supported vaccination centers will have the capability to administer more than 2 million vaccines during the operational period of 90 days.</p> <p>Grants for emergency protective measures are funded through FEMA’s <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">Public Assistance Grant Program</a>, which reimburses communities for actions taken for response and recovery from a disaster. FEMA reimbursement is paid directly to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, which then makes disbursements to the local and tribal jurisdictions and state agencies that incurred costs.</p> <p>“We are incredibly grateful for the continued partnership amongst hospitals, medical providers, volunteer organizations and so many others who have come together to help Oregon though this historic vaccination effort” said Director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Andrew Phelps, “the Administration’s approval of our requested cost-share adjustment to 100 percent helps to ensure the cost of vaccinating Oregonians will not be a barrier to our recovery.” </p> <p>FEMA has streamlined the Public Assistance application and reimbursement process for the COVID-19 response in order to get funds to applicants faster. Expedited reimbursements help state, local, and tribal officials respond quickly to address immediate threats to life, public health, and safety.  </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mayshaunt.gary</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 03/08/2021 - 19:53</span> Mon, 08 Mar 2021 19:53:25 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 617140 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Idaho https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210304/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-major-disaster-declaration-idaho <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Idaho</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Idaho to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by straight-line winds on Jan. 13, 2021. </p> <p>The President’s action makes federal funding available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the straight-line winds in the counties of Benewah, Bonner, Kootenai and Shoshone.</p> <p>Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.</p> <p>Thomas J. Dargan has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mashana.davis</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 03/05/2021 - 01:08</span> Fri, 05 Mar 2021 01:08:57 +0000 mashana.davis 616807 at https://www.fema.gov Oregon Wildfires: Federal Dollars, State Collaboration Help Affected Communities on the Road to Recovery https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210304/oregon-wildfires-federal-dollars-state-collaboration-help-affected <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Oregon Wildfires: Federal Dollars, State Collaboration Help Affected Communities on the Road to Recovery</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Salem, Ore.</strong> –<a> The Oregon Office of Emergency Management and FEMA continue their commitment to help Oregon disaster survivors, businesses and communities rebuild and recover from last year’s devastating wildfires. To date nearly $262 million in federal assistance has flowed into households and communities.</a></p> <p><strong>Dollars Help Communities Recover</strong></p> <p>As of March 2, FEMA has approved more than $34.8 million in individual assistance for homeowners and renters affected by Oregon wildfires. These federal dollars provide support to survivors in eight counties approved for FEMA Individual Assistance: Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion.</p> <p>The U.S. Small Business Administration has provided more than $59 million in low-interest disaster loans to 542 businesses, homeowners and renters.</p> <p>3,091 Oregon residents have been approved for housing assistance grants totaling nearly $27.9 million. Of those, 538 homeowners received the maximum grant for housing assistance ($35,500).</p> <p>In addition, more than $6.9 million in other needs assistance has been approved to help homeowners with personal property and transportation losses, funeral expenses and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other sources.</p> <p>Additionally, FEMA’s Direct Temporary Housing Mission is providing temporary housing solutions for qualified survivors in the communities of Jackson, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion Counties,</p> <p>Currently, these temporary housing units, either RVs or Manufacturing Housing Units (MHUs) are being placed on pads leased in several Jackson County commercial sites.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is also constructing sites for FEMA in Jackson, Lincoln, Marion and Linn Counties.</p> <p>To date, 265 survivor families are approved to receive FEMA Direct Temporary Housing in the five eligible counties and more than 100 survivors and their families are currently licensed into FEMA-provided temporary housing.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance Program, which helps state, local, tribal, territorial governments and certain types of private nonprofit organizations respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies has obligated more than $159 million for repairs under the PA program. This funding helps cover costs for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures and restoring public infrastructure.</p> <p><strong>Interagency Recovery Coordination</strong></p> <p>The State of Oregon’s Disaster Recovery Plan establishes seven Recovery Support Functions (RSF) to coordinate areas of assistance, each led by a designated state agency and supported by multiple state and federal partners. Oregon Emergency Management is leading this Integrated Strategic Recovery Team of state and federal agencies supporting local wildfire recovery.</p> <p>More than 24 state and 10 federal partners are unifying efforts to aid local jurisdictions in recovery capacity and planning to leverage state, federal and donor resources to fund community rebuild planning and disaster recovery projects. Community Planning and Capacity Building staff are integrating with counties and communities to provide targeted assistance.</p> <p>In addition, the philanthropic and nonprofit community is an integral part of the community rebuild process, with resources and technical assistance available to support local recovery projects and help build capacity. Connections have been made with more than 10 foundations, identifying critical recovery priorities and funding opportunities, and linking the funders to those in need of resources.</p> <p><strong>Oregon Recovery Highlights</strong></p> <ul><li>FEMA completed damage inspections of 6,993 homes.</li> <li>The Disaster Legal Services Program was made available to answer legal questions from wildfire survivors. Survivors can still take advantage of this service online <a href="https://usfema.sharepoint.com/teams/R10ORAEXA/EA_Projects/Projects/2020%20-%20Oregon%20Fires/oregondisasterlegalservices.org">oregondisasterlegalservices.org</a>, or call <strong>800-452-7636</strong> or <strong>503-684-3763</strong>, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.</li> <li>The Oregon Debris Management Task Force has continued to provide no-cost wildfire ash and debris cleanup for all homes and businesses in the eight counties affected by the disastrous September wildfires, including mobile home parks, second homes, businesses, and other structures. </li> <li>The State of Oregon has received a federal grant for more than $6.3 million to provide Disaster Case Management services to Oregon citizens affected by the wildfires. This grant empowers the state to launch a Disaster Case Management Program, supplying funding and technical assistance to ensure a whole community approach to providing or connecting disaster survivors to local services.</li> <li><a>In close coordination with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, FEMA has provided more than $3.8 million through the Crisis Counselling Immediate Services and Regular Services Programs to assist individuals and communities in recovering from the psychological effects of disasters through community-based outreach and educational services. </a>The <strong>Safe+Strong</strong> Helpline is available for children and adults who are struggling with stress, anxiety or other disaster-related depression-like symptoms. The website offers free and confidential resources to help wildfire survivors on the journey to recovery. For help, call <strong>800-923-4357</strong> or visit <a href="https://www.safestrongoregon.org/wildfire">https://www.safestrongoregon.org/wildfire</a>.  </li> <li>All FEMA disaster messaging has been provided in seven languages identified as prevalent in Oregon: Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Somali, and Russian, in addition to English and American Sign Language. Bilingual speakers have been available for public meetings. </li> <li>The toll-free disaster assistance helpline, <strong>800-621-3362</strong> is also supported by specialists in those seven languages and additional languages, and live translation services are available to all applicants who call FEMA.<strong> </strong></li> </ul><p>                                                              ###</p> <p>Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Those who use a Relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their assigned number for that service. They should be aware phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number. Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish)</p> <p>Disaster survivors affected by the Oregon wildfires and straight-line winds can also get personalized mitigation advice to repair and rebuild safer and stronger from a FEMA Mitigation Specialist. For information on how to rebuild safer and stronger or to inquire as to your new flood risk following a fire near you, email <a href="mailto:FEMA-R10-MIT@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-R10-MIT@fema.dhs.gov</a>, a FEMA Hazard Mitigation specialist will respond survivor inquiries. When rebuilding check with your local building official and floodplain administrator for guidance.</p> <p>Follow FEMA Region 10 on <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion10">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/fema-region-10">LinkedIn</a> for the latest updates and visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4562">fema.gov</a> for more information.</p> <p><em>FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.</em></p> <p> </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>jassiel.oliveromelo</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 03/04/2021 - 19:00</span> Thu, 04 Mar 2021 19:00:42 +0000 jassiel.oliveromelo 616744 at https://www.fema.gov Lincoln City: FEMA Direct Temporary Housing Site Opens https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210301/lincoln-city-fema-direct-temporary-housing-site-opens <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Lincoln City: FEMA Direct Temporary Housing Site Opens </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>SALEM, Ore</strong> – FEMA has begun moving Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) onto a newly constructed site in Lincoln City that will provide temporary housing to qualified Lincoln County wildfire survivors and their families.</p> <p>In addition to Lincoln County, FEMA’s Direct Housing mission is providing temporary housing for qualified disaster survivors in Jackson, Lane, Linn and Marion Counties in sites like the one in Lincoln County. Housing units are chosen by FEMA based on the survivor family composition and needs, as well as to ensure that requirements for access or functional needs are met.</p> <p>To date, 106 survivors and their families have been licensed-in to temporary housing units from FEMA. These units are placed in established RV parks or in FEMA constructed group sites.</p> <p>Currently, 264 qualified families are scheduled to receive FEMA Direct Temporary Housing in the five counties. The current number of qualified families fluctuates as survivors have located alternate temporary or permanent housing on their own.</p> <p>                                                               ###</p> <p>Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Those who use a Relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their assigned number for that service. They should be aware phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number. Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish)</p> <p>Disaster survivors affected by the Oregon wildfires and straight-line winds can also get personalized mitigation advice to repair and rebuild safer and stronger from a FEMA Mitigation Specialist. For information on how to rebuild safer and stronger or to inquire as to your new flood risk following a fire near you, email <a href="mailto:FEMA-R10-MIT@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-R10-MIT@fema.dhs.gov</a>, a FEMA Hazard Mitigation specialist will respond survivor inquiries. When rebuilding check with your local building official and floodplain administrator for guidance.</p> <p>Follow FEMA Region 10 on <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion10">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/fema-region-10">LinkedIn</a> for the latest updates and visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4562">fema.gov</a> for more information.</p> <p><em>FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>jassiel.oliveromelo</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 03/02/2021 - 01:25</span> Tue, 02 Mar 2021 01:25:57 +0000 jassiel.oliveromelo 616441 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Awards $39 Million to Idaho for Community Vaccination Centers https://www.fema.gov/press-release/4534/20210301/fema-awards-39-million-idaho-community-vaccination-centers <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards $39 Million to Idaho for Community Vaccination Centers </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BOTHELL, Wash</strong>. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $39 million  in federal funding to the Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IOEM) to support as many as five COVID-19 vaccination centers throughout the state.</p> <p>FEMA has obligated an initial $39,164,468 to IOEM at 100 percent federal cost share through the Public Assistance program. IOEM will disperse these funds to eligible applicants to cover the costs of emergency activities to support  Idaho’s vaccination effort ― including labor, contract services, security, refrigeration, supplies, equipment, administration, and facilities.</p> <p>"These expedited funds will help our state and federal partners accelerate the important work of ensuring that everyone in Idaho who wants a vaccine can get one,” said FEMA Region 10 Acting Administrator Vincent J. Maykovich.</p> <p>IOEM estimates the FEMA-supported vaccination centers may administer more than one million vaccines during an operational period of 90 days.</p> <p>FEMA has streamlined the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">Public Assistance Grant Program</a> application and reimbursement process for the COVID-19 response in order to get funds to applicants faster. Expedited reimbursements help state, local, and tribal officials respond quickly to address immediate threats to life, public health, and safety.  </p> <p>###</p> <p>Follow FEMA Region 10 on <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion10">Twitter</a> and <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/fema-region-10">LinkedIn</a> for the latest updates and visit this <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/vaccine-support">vaccine support page</a> for more information.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>hannah.weinstein</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 03/01/2021 - 19:20</span> Mon, 01 Mar 2021 19:20:35 +0000 hannah.weinstein 616414 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Awards Oregon’s Benton County $3.1 Million for Vaccination Center https://www.fema.gov/press-release/4499/20210217/fema-awards-oregons-benton-county-3-1-million-vaccination-center <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards Oregon’s Benton County $3.1 Million for Vaccination Center </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BOTHELL, Wash</strong>. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated an initial $3,116,229 in federal funding to Benton County, Oregon, in support of a COVID-19 vaccination center in Corvallis.</p> <p>These funds can cover emergency activities including labor, contract services, security, refrigeration, supplies, equipment, and facilities to support the vaccination effort. FEMA provides this funding at 100 percent federal cost share.</p> <p>Benton County authorities estimate that this vaccination center may administer more than 30,000 vaccines during an operational period of 90 days.</p> <p>FEMA has streamlined the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">Public Assistance Grant Program</a> application and reimbursement process for the COVID-19 response to get funds to applicants faster. Expedited reimbursements help state, local, and tribal officials respond quickly to address immediate threats to life, public health, and safety.  </p> <p>###</p> <p>Follow FEMA Region 10 on <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion10">Twitter</a> and <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/fema-region-10">LinkedIn</a> for the latest updates and visit this <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/vaccine-support">vaccine support page</a> for more information.</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>hannah.weinstein</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/17/2021 - 21:33</span> Wed, 17 Feb 2021 21:33:46 +0000 hannah.weinstein 614320 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Alaska https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210217/president-joseph-r-biden-approves-major-disaster-declaration-alaska <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Alaska</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Alaska to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides during the period of Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, 2020.</p> <p>Federal funding is also available to state, tribal, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides in the Chatham Regional Educational Attendance Area, Haines Borough, City and Borough of Juneau, Petersburg Borough and the Municipality of Skagway Borough. </p> <p>Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.</p> <p>Thomas J. Dargan has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mashana.davis</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/17/2021 - 21:17</span> Wed, 17 Feb 2021 21:17:05 +0000 mashana.davis 614317 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Awards Oregon’s Josephine County Nearly $4.5 Million for Vaccine Distribution https://www.fema.gov/press-release/4499/20210211/fema-awards-oregons-josephine-county-nearly-4-5-million-vaccine-distribution <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards Oregon’s Josephine County Nearly $4.5 Million for Vaccine Distribution</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BOTHELL, Wash</strong>. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated an initial $4,499,304 in federal funding to Josephine County in support of two vaccine distribution centers in Oregon – one in Grants Pass and another in Cave Junction. FEMA provides funding at 100 percent federal share of eligible reimbursable expenses for this project.</p> <p>Josephine County plans to administer up to 1,500 vaccinations per day per site during an estimated 90-day period. The emergency response activities will include providing labor, security, refrigeration, supplies, equipment, and facility rental to support the vaccination effort.</p> <p>For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has streamlined the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">Public Assistance Grant Program</a> application and reimbursement process to get funds to applicants faster. Expedited reimbursements help local, state, and tribal officials address immediate threats to life, public health, and safety. </p> <p>###</p> <p>Follow FEMA Region 10 on <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion10">Twitter</a> and <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/fema-region-10">LinkedIn</a> for the latest updates and visit this <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/vaccine-support">vaccine support page</a> for more information.</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>hannah.weinstein</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 02/12/2021 - 00:17</span> Fri, 12 Feb 2021 00:17:39 +0000 hannah.weinstein 613182 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Awards Washington State $275 Million for Vaccine Distribution https://www.fema.gov/press-release/4481/20210205/fema-awards-washington-state-275-million-vaccine-distribution <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards Washington State $275 Million for Vaccine Distribution</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BOTHELL, Wash.</strong> – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated an initial $275 million to Washington’s Department of Health (DOH) in support of vaccine distribution sites throughout the state. This <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">Public Assistance</a> grant will support Washington with emergency protective measures to store, handle, transport, distribute, and administer the COVID-19 vaccine. </p> <p>In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Washington DOH utilized contracts to establish the setup and operational costs for the distribution of vaccines. DOH is leading the implementation of the vaccine effort, which is State supported, regionally coordinated and locally synchronized.  </p> <p>The grant provides expedited federal funding for approximately half of the total anticipated award to support and reimburse eligible costs related to the State’s vaccination program for an estimated 90-day period.</p> <p>"These funds will support our Washington partners' extraordinary efforts to accelerate and expand access to COVID-19 vaccinations across the state," said FEMA Region 10 Acting Regional Administrator Vincent J. Maykovich.</p> <p>Eligible costs include medical and support staff, including facility infection control measures; personal protective equipment (PPE); storage equipment, including coolers, freezers, temperature monitoring devices, and portable vaccine storage units for transportation; supplies such as emergency medical supplies (for emergency medical care needs that may arise in the administration of the vaccine), containers (for medical waste), as well as proper storage as needed for canisters of liquid nitrogen or dry ice.</p> <p>For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has streamlined the Public Assistance Grant Program application and reimbursement process to get funds to applicants faster. Expedited reimbursements help local, state, and tribal officials address immediate threats to life, public health, and safety.</p> <p>###</p> <p>Follow FEMA Region 10 on <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion10">Twitter</a> and <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/fema-region-10">LinkedIn</a> for the latest updates and visit this <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/vaccine-support">vaccine support page</a> for more information.</p> <p><em>FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>hannah.weinstein</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 02/05/2021 - 23:23</span> Fri, 05 Feb 2021 23:23:03 +0000 hannah.weinstein 612663 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Washington https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210204/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-major-disaster-declaration-washington <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Washington</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON — FEMA announced federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Washington to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires and straight-line winds, Sept. 1-19, 2020.</p> <p>Federal funding is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the wildfires and straight-line winds for Douglas, Franklin, Kittitas, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Skamania, Whitman, and Yakima counties and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation.</p> <p>Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.</p> <p>Timothy B. Manner has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Manner said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mayshaunt.gary</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 02/04/2021 - 21:28</span> Thu, 04 Feb 2021 21:28:49 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 612525 at https://www.fema.gov