On March 19, 2020, Vice President Mike Pence, head of the Coronavirus Taskforce, designated the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a component of the Department of Homeland Security, to lead the federal response in combating the Coronavirus. The approach is locally executed, state managed, and federally supported. FEMA plays the central role in coordinating our federal support.
FEMA is working with the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and state, local, tribal and territorial governments to execute a Whole-of-America response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the public.
All 50 states, the District of Columbia, five territories and four tribes are working directly with FEMA under the nationwide emergency declaration for COVID-19.
The federal government continues to take aggressive and proactive steps to address the COVID-19 threat as the health and safety of the American people remain a top priority.
FEMA Hard at Work
FEMA activated the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak in the United States. The NRCC is a multi-agency center that coordinates the overall federal support for major incidents and emergencies. NRCC also provides a clearinghouse of resources and policies for local and state governments in impacted regions. The NRCC came online on March 19, 2020.
Over 2,000 FEMA employees have been deployed nationwide to support the state and local response of COVID-19.
Supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) continue to be delivered for distribution to medical facilities in the most impacted areas.
As of April 9, 2020, supplies delivered from the SNS alone* include:
- 23.4 million N95 respirators
- 53.1 million surgical masks
- 8.7 million surgical gowns
- 44.8 million gloves
- 9,240 ventilators
- 140,000 coveralls
- 5.2 million face shields
- 6,500 medical station beds
*These numbers do not reflect additional PPE allotments from donations, procurement, vendors or the airbridge.
FEMA continues to play a supportive role for state and local governments. State governments continue to lead the response to address local situations with federal support.
"Project Air Bridge" for Medical Supplies
FEMA is expediting movement of critical supplies from the global market to medical distributors in various locations across the U.S. and continues to coordinate an air bridge for flights from Asia.
All supplies are national supplies and will be distributed to hot spots and through the vendors regular supply chain to locations across the country. Upon arrival, PPE is provided, in varying quantities, first to medical distributors in areas of greatest need; then, the remainder will be infused into the broader U.S. supply chain. Prioritization will be given to hospitals, health care facilities, and nursing homes around the country.
As of April 9, 2020:
- 21 flights have landed, containing critical personal protective equipment (PPE): gloves, gowns, goggles, and masks.
- Upon arrival, the PPE is provided, in varying quantities, first to medical distributors in areas of greatest need; then, the remainder will be infused into the broader U.S. supply chain. Prioritization is given to hospitals, health care facilities, and nursing homes around the country.
- An additional 49 flights are scheduled through April 24, 2020.
Keeping Rumors Under Control
During emergency times, disinformation can be dangerous. Learn the truth and get the facts by verifying your source - use FEMA’s Rumor Control page to verify information.
- Coronavirus Rumor Control | FEMA.gov
Helping your Neighbors
During difficult times, the American spirit truly shines. Americans are coming together to help their friends and neighbors, and FEMA has developed trusted ways for you to stay up to date on how to do your part.
- Coronavirus: How to Help | FEMA.gov
As of April 9, 2020, FEMA has authorized 52 Federal Disaster Declarations for states and territories.
- About the Disaster Declaration Process | FEMA.gov
Press Releases & Fact Sheets
- March 30, 2020: FEMA Supply Chain Task Force Leads Four-Pronged Approach to Securing Needed Supplies and Equipment in COVID-19 Fight | FEMA.gov
- March 29, 2020: FEMA Extends Grace Period for Flood Insurance Renewal Premiums | FEMA.gov
- March 27, 2020: FEMA Offers Ways for Private Sector to Help Fight COVID-19 | FEMA.gov
- March 23, 2020: Fact Sheet: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Public Assistance Simplified Application | FEMA.gov
- March 19, 2020: Fact Sheet: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Eligible Emergency Protective Measures | FEMA.gov
- March 13, 2020: President Donald J. Trump Directs FEMA Support Under Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 | FEMA.gov