LINCOLN – Since mid-March, officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have been busy at work and recently updated numbers for Region 7 states which include Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
According to a release from FEMA, the Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) was added to the Disaster Declarations for Region 7 on April 30. The mission of the CCP is to assist individuals and communities in recovering from the psychological effects of natural and human-caused disasters through the provision of community-based outreach and educational services. These services are provided at no cost and are available to any survivor. They can also be provided in a group setting or one-on-one and include supportive crisis counseling, education, development of coping skills and linkage to appropriate resources.
Three shipments of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) have been distributed from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) since mid-March to each of the four regional states. Nebraska has received 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.
Between April 1 – 27, shipments of essential medical supplies from other sources have also been sent by the federal government to Region 7 states and tribal nations. For the state of Nebraska, they include 49,200 pieces of PPE and testing supplies; Omaha Tribe of Nebraska: 1,400 pieces of PPE; Ponca Tribe of Nebraska: 3,200 pieces of PPE; Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska: 3,318 pieces of PPE and Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska: 3,800 pieces of PPE.
The state of Nebraska has also received six million dollars for seven community health centers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; more than $16 million of COVID-19 Relief Funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; $62.8 million in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds have been allotted along with more than $64.6 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from the U.S. Department of Transportation.