Public Assistance for COVID-19 Emergency Declaration and Stafford Act

Public Assistance for COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

The Stafford Act emergency declaration for COVID-19 authorized only one form of assistance: PA

emergency protective measures. Applicants are to be reimbursed for 75% of eligible costs incurred while performing emergency protective measures. FEMA will not reimburse work supported by the authorities of another federal agency (42 U.S.C. §5155).

Emergency protective measures encompass a wide range of activities. According to a FEMA news release on the COVID-19 emergency declaration, reimbursable activities may include “activation of State

Emergency Operations Centers, National Guard costs, law enforcement and other measures necessary to protect public health and safety.” Additionally, FEMA may to reimburse costs for overtime labor performed by applicants’ budgeted employees and for overtime and regular-time labor performed by unbudgeted employees engaged in eligible work, per 44 C.F.R. §206.228. General FEMA guidance includes the following activities that may be relevant to a pandemic in a non-exclusive list of eligible


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