KANSAS CITY, MO – Through late April officials with FEMA Region 7 posted a COVID-19 fact sheet.
According to a release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, federal agencies have been supporting the White House Coronavirus Task Force as part of a whole of government response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the public.
After President Trump’s declared a nationwide emergency on March 13, FEMA Region 7 activated its Regional Response Coordination Center in Kansas City, Missouri on March 16. This center has been providing a coordinated federal response to assist local, state and Tribal partners in the Midwest with COVID-19 efforts.
As of April 20, six of the nine federally recognized tribal nations in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska have received direct emergency declarations to help reimburse certain emergency costs and get direct federal assistance. They include Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation of Kansas, Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas, Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska as well as Omaha Tribe of Nebraska.
Since mid-March, three shipments of Personal Protect Equipment (PPE) have been distributed from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) to each of the four regional states. Quantities were determined by the state’s pro rata population recorded in the 2010 U.S. census.
In Nebraska, as of April 20, the federal government has provided approximately 227,000 surgical masks, 231,000 pairs of gloves, 96,000 N95 respirators, 39,000 surgical gowns, 47,000 face shields and 1,800 coveralls.
FEMA reminds the general public that the virus can affect persons of any age, and that each and every person can help slow the spread of coronavirus by frequently washing hands, disinfecting surfaces, practicing physical distancing (at least six feet from another person) and staying home as much as possible until local or state authorities provide different direction.
Visit fema.gov for more information.