FEMA Releases COVID-19 Initial Assessment Report

As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to grip the nation, FEMA has released Pandemic Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Initial Assessment Report. This assessment focuses solely on FEMA’s response to COVID-19, describing the agency’s roles and responsibilities over the period of January through September 2020.

The report provides an overview of the COVID-19 pandemic, and outlines the agency response in five key areas:microscope view of a view

  1. Coordinating Structures and Policy
  2. Resources
  3. Supporting State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) Partners
  4. Preparedness and Information Analysis
  5. Organizational Resilience

At the time of this report’s release, over 22 million Americans have been infected by COVID-19, resulting in more than 370,000 deaths. FEMA’s work isn’t over, and the lessons learned from this assessment will be applied as the response efforts continue.


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