FEMA Public Assistance Program
NCEM has provided helpful information on the FEMA Public Assistance Program reimbursement process for COVID-19 emergency protective measures eligible expenses. Please see the attached guidance documents which are also available on the SOG’s COVID-19 resource site at the Emergency Management page.
For questions and further assistance, please contact the NCEM PA Hotline at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-825-2548.
FEMA guidance states, in part, that eligible emergency protective measures taken to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic at the direction or guidance of public health officials may be reimbursed under Category B of FEMA’s Public Assistance program.
Highlights of Phase 1 include:
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) created several materials to help businesses navigate Phase 1, including:
DHHS also previewed a new campaign, Know Your Ws! While North Carolinians should still stay home, if they go out, they should know their W’s: Wear. Wait. Wash.
NC 2-1-1 is now a resource for people to call for assistance related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. NC 2-1-1 is an information and referral service that families and individuals can call to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services resources within their community. NC 2-1-1 operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and resources are available in most languages.
Citizens can text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive general information and updates about COVID-19. You can also sign up to get regular alerts on the rapidly evolving situation and NC’s response.
NC 2-1-1 can refer callers to the organizations in their local community best equipped to address their specific health and human services needs including food, shelter, energy assistance, housing, parenting resources, health care, employment, substance abuse treatment, as well as specific resources for older adults and persons with disabilities, and much more. Simply dial 2-1-1 or TTY 888-892-1162 for assistance.
Due to anticipated high call volume, those seeking general information about COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to sign up for texts. People who are trying to locate specific services would benefit by calling.
NC 2-1-1 cannot provide direct medical services, and COVID-19 can only be diagnosed by a health care professional. If you suspect you or someone you care for may have symptoms or have been exposed to the virus, you should contact your health care provider. If you do not have a provider, you can reach out to your local health department for guidance.
People should only call 9-1-1 if they are experiencing an emergency. 9-1-1 centers across NC have been receiving general questions and other non-emergency calls related to COVID-19. Please do not call 9-1-1 unless you have an emergency.
|Local Emergency Declarations|
|NC Emergency Management has been advised that FEMA will not require a local state of emergency declaration as a condition for FEMA reimbursement for eligible emergency protective measures (Category B) expenses related to the COVID-19 emergency. A local state of emergency is also not required for Small Business Administration disaster loan assistance for businesses in your communities.|
|Older Americans Act Reauthorization|
|The US House of Representatives unanimously approved a bipartisan bill, “Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020”, which reauthorizes the Older Americans Act (OAA) through 2024. This is the final legislative step for passage of OAA reauthorization. The legislation will now be sent to the President's desk for his signature.
Reauthorization of the OAA indicates a strong commitment to providing support to our nation’s older Americans ensuring that these individuals can receive services like in-home personal care, healthy and consistent meals, transportation to essential medical appointments and other engagements, and access to legal services including those that prevent elder abuse and reduce social isolation. This reauthorization also supports the needs of unpaid and family caregivers who are playing an increasingly significant role in supporting the needs of older adults.
The funding increases recommended in this legislation, if implemented by congressional appropriators, show strong federal support for funding levels that will allow Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) to not only continue but expand upon the important work they do to support the needs of older adults.
This reauthorization also preserves AAA’s “right of first refusal,” an important legislative priority that the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) advocated for, working closely with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). Click here to read n4a’s statement on the OAA reauthorization.
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