Resource assistance for obtaining COVID-19 supplies

Under FEMA declarations

Your fire/EMS department may be eligible to order supplies and equipment related to your COVID-19 response if you are in a locality designated under a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) emergency (EM) or major disaster (DR) declaration.

FEMA declarations open up critical funding programs for your department. Here's what happens under each of the declarations.

Emergency Declaration (EM)Major Disaster Declaration (DR)

Declared by the President.

Supplements what state, local or Indian Tribal governments provide.

Declared by the President.

Damage is severe enough to overwhelm state and local governments.

Requirements

Governor or tribal chief executive requests through the FEMA Regional Administrator within 30 days of incident.

Federal emergency assistance is necessary to protect property, public health and safety or avert or lessen the threat of a disaster.

Requirements

Governor or tribal chief executive requests through FEMA Regional Administrator within 30 days of incident.

Situation is beyond the capability of state and local government.

Assistance available

Individual assistance (IA).

Public Assistance (PA).

  • Category A (debris removal).
  • Category B (emergency protective measures).

Assistance available

Individual assistance (IA).

Public assistance (PA).

Hazard Mitigation Assistance.

Generally provided on a 75% federal and 25% non-federal cost sharing basis.

Generally provided on a 75% federal and 25% non-federal cost sharing basis.

Visit the FEMA website for updates and specific information related to your state, tribe or territory declaration.

Under the emergency management process

If your department or agency has exhausted its ability to acquire the necessary resources through their normal channels for the response to COVID-19 — including mutual aid — you can request resources through the emergency management process.

Example

A local fire/EMS department exhausts its supply of N-95 masks and protective gloves in response to COVID-19. The department contacts its normal supplier but is unable to obtain replacements. As an option, it can place a resource request (item, justification and quantity needed) through its local emergency management agency (EMA).

Resources requested through the emergency management process typically follow this path:

  1. A local EMA receives a request and sends it to the state EMA to review and process.
  2. The state EMA will review and may combine it with other similar requests. The state then sends those to the FEMA region.
  3. The FEMA region reviews the requests and sends them to the FEMA National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) to process and coordinate with the appropriate agency — Health and Human Services (HHS) — to be filled.
emergency management request process
Emergency management ordering process for COVID-19 supplies and equipment