Coronavirus Emergency Management Best Practices

We've compiled best practices and lessons learned that communities faced fighting COVID-19. This collection is not exhaustive, but we will continue to add content and highlight key areas.
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Case Studies

Community Innovations

Helping People

Government Operations

Private Sector

Recovery Planning

Medical Supplies

We encourage all emergency managers to review our latest COVID-19 fact sheets for details on federal assistance programs and guidelines.

Organizations can email best practices or lessons learned to fema-cipsupport@fema.dhs.gov.

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Case Studies

View our collection of key findings and considerations for jurisdictions and communities regarding ongoing COVID-19 pandemic operations across the country.

Topics include:

  • Food banks
  • Government engagement with citizens
  • Considerations for people with disabilities
  • Community Emergency Response Teams
  • Volunteer management

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Community Innovations

Many communities responded to COVID-19 in innovative ways that highlighted the best of American ingenuity.

  • An Alabama-based company creates custom-made, digitally-fitted masks that meld to every contour of a person's face.
  • A new platform matches elder or immunocompromised residents in Oakland, California, with low-risk volunteers who can help them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The University of Oregon's Institute for Health in the Built Environment is piloting the incorporation of regular testing of building surfaces and air ducts for the virus.

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Helping People

  • Disability Considerations
    Guidance for state, local, tribal, and territorial governments on how to ensure that people with disabilities have adequate access to goods and services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Connecting Consumers with Local Food
    Countries, cities and private citizens expanded local food production through family and community gardens to supplement supply chains to address COVID-19 pandemic related effects on traditional farming and food supply chains.
  • Sustaining Nutritional Needs for At-Risk Individuals
    Millions of Americans rely on a range of at-home and community-based food services. This resource provides federal agencies and state, local, tribal and territorial governments tools to sustain and expand home delivered meals and other nutrition programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for at-risk individuals.

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Other Resources to Help People

Government Operations

  • The Louisiana State University NCBRT
    This nationally recognized center for emergency management training has developed a range of online COVID-19 resources and trainings for emergency responders.
  • Natural Hazards Preparedness
    Recommendations and best practices for state, local, tribal and territorial officials when managing the risks posed simultaneously by the COVID-19 pandemic and natural hazards.
  • Government Engagement with Citizens
    Methods jurisdictions have used to assess constituent needs to inform response efforts and identify relevant information to share with their communities.
  • Pandemic Operational Guidance 
    To help emergency managers and public health officials prepare for hurricane season and other disasters during COVID-19.

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Other Government Operations Resources

Private Sector and Infrastructure

  • Nuclear Industry Response
    A list of key findings and considerations for jurisdictions and communities regarding use of Nuclear medical technology applications and Nuclear energy during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic operations.
  • Longer-Term Business Reopening
    Strategies supported by guidance from federal, state and local governments that businesses across various sectors can implement to protect employees and customers from COVID-19 as businesses begin phased reopening.
  • Re-Orienting Business Production
    Companies across industries repurposed their production capabilities to support the response to the coronavirus pandemic disease (COVID-19).

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Recovery Planning and Implementation

  • Unemployment Insurance
    Some examples of strategies states and territories implemented to help individuals file unemployment insurance claims.
  • Reconstitution Planning
    Organizations across the nation are grappling with when and how to resume operations while protecting the well-being and safety of their employees and communities.
  • Financial Management
    The recently released Disaster Financial Management Guide can help a jurisdiction successfully use all available federal resources for disaster recovery, including the COVID-19 Supplemental Funding.
  • Environmental and Historic Preservation
    Identify emergency protective measures for COVID-19 that may adversely affect natural, historic and/or archaeological resources. Learn how to comply with environmental and historic preservation laws, regulations and executive orders.

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Other Recovery Planning and Implementation Resources

Medical Supplies and Equipment