National League of Cities: Seeking FEMA Assistance to the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 14, 2020

AUTHORITY: National League of Cities

DATE PRODUCED: March 20, 2020

TYPE: Guidance / Protocol


  • What COVID-19 specific funding sources or other funding sources can be used to cover the expenses associated with transporting individuals?
  • What kind of COVID-19 assistance is available through FEMA?
  • What should local governments do?


Consistent with the President’s National Emergency Declaration for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on March 13, 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging local officials to take appropriate actions necessary to protect public health and safety pursuant to public health guidance, conditions and capabilities. Under emergency declaration, FEMA is authorized to reimburse local governments for costs associated with “emergency protective measures” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These emergency protective measures are defined in Category B of the Public Assistance Program of the Stafford Act. A summary of eligibility expenses follows: