FEMA Awards More than $236 Million to Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

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January 26, 2021

Region 1 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently awarded a $236,861,846 grant to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).  The grant was authorized to cover eligible expenses incurred purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and used to protect frontline workers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The grant awarded to MEMA is paid through FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and will reimburse eligible PPE procurement, storage, and distribution undertaken between March and September 2020.  PA funding is authorized under a major disaster declaration approved on March 27, 2020 for the Commonwealth by the President.

“FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program is essential to keeping communities safe while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in New England,” said Acting Regional Administrator and Federal Coordinating Officer Paul Ford, who oversees FEMA’s operations in Massachusetts.  “This funding is just one of the positive results of the partnership between FEMA and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency,” concluded Ford.

The purchase of PPE and medical supplies used by frontline workers and first responders has been essential to prevent the spread of infection, as directed by public health officials.  All work and costs in this grant occurred between March 7 and September 14, 2020. In total, MEMA and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health distributed a wide variety of PPE which consisted of emergency materials and equipment, including KN95 Masks, N95 Masks, Airway Kits, HEPA filters, Face Shields, Hazardous Tubes, Hazardous Waste Bags, gloves, gowns, eye protection, sanitizers, shields/covers, Disinfectant Respirators and Wipes, thermometers, ventilators and much more. 

“The planning and procurement of Personal Protective Equipment for our frontline responders has been a primary and ongoing focus of the Baker-Polito Administration during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This funding supports the enormous undertaking of the Commonwealth’s distribution of nearly 35 million pieces of PPE from March to mid-September,” said Samantha Phillips, Director of Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).  “I want to thank our federal partners at FEMA for supporting our mission to protect the essential workforce in Massachusetts through their approval of this application.”

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