USFA: COVID-19 Cost Recovery for Fire & EMS Departments
Across the nation, fire and emergency medical services (EMS) organizations are engaged in community-wide efforts to respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency. This effort could have a significant negative impact on organizational and community budgets.
President Trump’s national emergency declaration covers this event beginning Jan. 20, 2020, until a future date. Guidance to support communities in prevention, response and recovery is being finalized to include fiscal support.
One prominent way your department can obtain fiscal support is through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance Grant Program. While states and FEMA are writing more specific directives, the following information will guide local leaders in obtaining support.
Public assistance is intended to support organizations with “extraordinary costs” associated with this event.