FEMA Health Discussion Responses
FEMA, Health, Discussion, Responses
- As the world is challenged during these unprecedented times due the Covid-19 pandemic that has affected thousands and thousands of people, we have been hit by the biggest hardship the economy and the world in general has had to deal with in probably 100 years.
The lives this virus has taken from us so far is astronomical and unbelievably tragic. The world will be a different place once this is over and it is truly saddening to see many lives taken from this world too soon. During these times, many individuals, businesses, and organizations have put in so much time and effort to provide meals, and equipment to the first responders as they work so hard.
Specifically, FEMA has sent supplemental shipments of personal protective equipment to all 15,400 Medicaid and Medicare-certified nursing homes in America. This gesture is extremely helpful because of the PPE shortage across the world. Additionally, FEMA may provide assistance for emergency protective measures for those who are eligible under the public assistance program. This assistance is provided at a 75% federal cost share.
With all the craziness going on in our world right now because of the quarantine, it is very nice and reassuring to see people step up in our time of need and be the heroes that we need to see, and to truly put others first. FEMA, as well as many others, are coming together to protect the health and lives of tens of thousands of people out of the kindness of their hearts.
The world will be a better place once this pandemic is over.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has always supported the states during a disaster whether manmade or natural. Most recently, as the nation deals with the pandemic covid-19 every state is being affected differently. New Jersey is second in covid cases after New York.
FEMA had stepped in and set up two major testing sites after the Trump administration designated the state as one of 12 “priority” locations. The two testing sites are located at Bergen County Community College in Paramus and the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.
The two sites should be able to process hundreds of tests daily. Another way that FEMA has supported NJ is by sending dozens of ambulances to the metlife stadium after NJ activated a FEMA ambulance contract requesting 50 basic life support and 25 advanced life support ambulances to support the operations in Jersey City and Newark during covid-19.
FEMA has also approved the state for crisis counseling, the Crisis Counseling program helps people and communities to recover from the effects of natural or man-made disasters through short-term interventions that provide emotional support, crisis counseling, and connection to familial and community support systems.
- I decided to research how FEMA handled Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy hit home because it severely damaged my house because I live on the water in Lavalette. Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey and New York the hardest out the 24 states that it affected. 346,000 homes were damaged or destroyed and 2 million people were without power.
In response to this disaster FEMA sent out new housing regulations that needed to be followed in order to make houses more durable for any future storms. FEMA also aided in the building of rock boardwalks since the storm had destroyed miles on boardwalks along the coast. When a huge storm like this hits people are deeply affected.
Houses were destroyed leaving families displaced with sometimes nowhere else to go. Those who were left without power were in trouble of losing any food or essential heating services. I have heard from many people that FEMA needed to do more when this storm hit. I know a lot of people who were unhappy with FEMAs responses and their times.
I know that my old nature center I used to work at was destroyed and FEMA would not allow them to rebuild the center in land more, they had to build it in the exact same location despite if another storm comes along and just doing the same damage it had done in the past.
- One disaster that the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) was involved with was New Jersey Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm (DR-4264). This disaster occurred on the 22nd of January, 2016, and lasted 3 days, ending on the 24th of that same month.
It affected most of New Jersey, with assistance being provided to the New Jersey counties of Bergen, Warren, Morris, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Somerset, Union, Middlesex, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, Camden, Atlantic, Cumberland, and Cape May. The only counties that did not receive assistance from FEMA were Sussex, Passaic, Gloucester, and Salem. It was officially declared as a major disaster on March 14th, 2016.
The total public assistance grants dollars obligated was $81,516,064.50. Dollars obligated are “funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA’s final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.” Of this amount, $69,446,208.43 was for emergency work, and $9,610,162.07 was for permanent work.
One of the main assistances provided was snow assistance. Additionally, repairs and replacements on facilities were provided as well. I think in this case, the effort was effective. Personally, as I have lived in NY/NJ my whole life, I have seen the ways in which snow storms work and the damage they can cause.
Taking care of primary things like snow removal is a large part of it, as well as things like salting the streets. Additionally, properties that become damaged as a result of the storm are the things that need assistance, which is where the money from FEMA went.
- In December, 2016, Oregon experienced a heavy winter storm, resulting in heavy flooding in certain areas. Over 22,000 people had lost power in their homes, which was later restored by the Eugene Water and Electric Board. Many areas, including Lane County were severely impacted by the downed power lines, blown transformers, and damaged transmission lines. This ice storm was carried the largest financial burden in the EWEB’s history.
The following year, FEMA awarded Eugene Water and Electric Board with a $3.5 million grant. A FEMA article states, ““As Lane and Josephine counties continue their recovery efforts from last December’s storm, these grant funds will go a long way towards helping the City of Eugene and those served by EWEB back to normal,” said OEM Director Andrew Phelps.
“This project serves as a reminder of how impactful winter storms can be across our state and the important role our federal partners play in helping communities recover from disasters.”. The grant money that was issued by FEMA helped the County of Lane, and specifically the city of Eugene essentially get back on its feet. This money awarded helped pay for the reconstruction of power lines, transmitters, and to those who worked for the company.
Losing power can play a huge part in the public’s health because this can lead to lack of access to food, running water, and no heat. FEMA has the ability to come in and lessen the impact and or provide funding for these effected areas to rebuild and recover from what may have happened during this time.