Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Whole-of-America Response - April 16


Intergovernmental Affairs

Please see the advisory below from our partners in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regarding an update on the Whole-of-America response to COVID-19.

April 16, 2020

FEMA Advisory

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Whole-of-America Response

Attached you will find today’s FEMA Daily Briefing Points for the Whole-of-America response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These briefing points include Topline Messages, as well as Supply Chain Task Force; By the Numbers; FEMA and Department of Health and Human Services Response; and Guidance from Federal Agencies.

Topline messaging includes:

***** FEMA, HHS, and our federal partners work with state, local, tribal and territorial governments to execute a whole-of-America response to COVID-19 pandemic and protect the health and safety of the American people

***** FEMA continues to expedite movement of commercially pre-sourced and commercially procured critical supplies from the global market to medical distributors in various locations across the U.S. through Project Airbridge.

***** Last night, FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor issued a letter to the nation’s emergency managers outlining lessons learned from the first 30 days of FEMA leading the “Whole-of-America” response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

– Specifically, the letter addresses preservation and prioritization of scarce resources; use of data-driven decision making; utilization of key federal medical staff, Federal Medical Stations and Large-Format Alternative Care Sites; mitigation efforts to flatten the curve; strengthening the supply chain; as well as the importance of busting myths.

–This guidance is a follow-on to the Administrator’s first letter to emergency managers on March 27, which requested key actions and outlined critical steps for the initial COVID-19 response.

***** The White House announced a new collaboration by to help Americans find the most up-to-date public health guidance and the most relevant information on testing facilities in their communities

–Standard tags were created that can be added to any website’s code, making it easier to find COVID-19 prevention measures, disease spread statistics, quarantine rules and travel guidance, and testing information through online search engine results.

–All federal websites will incorporate these new standard tags. The private sector, state and local governments, and the academic community are encouraged to do the same.

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