Nebraska receives $62 million grant for COVID-19 recovery

Published: Sep. 2, 2020 at 6:00 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KNOP) - On April 4, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, President Trump declared a major disaster exists in Nebraska under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) and ordered federal assistance to the state for recovery efforts.

Federal funds provided under the Stafford Act for Public Assistance are limited to 75 percent of total eligible costs.

Today, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a more than $62 million grant to Nebraska:

The grant awards the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) $62,490,887 in federal funding for protective measures. In response to COVID-19, NEMA will use the funding to acquire medical equipment for current and future distribution including respirators, N95 masks, medical gloves, surgical masks, medical gowns, face shields, goggles, head covers, disinfectant wipes, shoe covers, disinfects for enhanced facilities; testing and diagnosis associated with the management, control, and reduction of immediate threats to health and safety.

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