DENVER – FEMA has approved more than $1.4 million in additional Public Assistance funding for the COVID-19 response in Utah. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued April 4, 2020. FEMA has provided a total of $94 million for the Utah COVID-19 response to date.
The $1.4 million was received by Salt Lake County for COVID-19 to disseminate information to the public for warnings and guidance, provided security, law enforcement, barricading and patrolling jurisdiction-wide for COVID-19 safety measures; and provided law enforcement officers to staff the Emergency Support Function #13 (public safety and security) desk at the County's Emergency Operations Center and at the Emergency Communications Center.
This funding is authorized under the January 21, 2021 Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense & the Secretary of Homeland Security and Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.
For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and to allow local officials to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, local and tribal officials work tirelessly to assist their communities during this response.
Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at www.fema.gov/assistance/public.