FEMA releases initial COVID-19 assessment
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released their initial assessment report on the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this month.
The report evaluates FEMA’s COVID-19 response operations during the time period of January 2020 through September 2020.
According to FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor, at the time of the report’s release more than 22 million Americans had been infected with COVID-19, leading to the deaths of more than 370,000 Americans. Gaynor went on to call for a “whole-of-America response” to the pandemic.
FEMA’s report identifies key findings in five areas and provides targeted recommendations based on the findings. While FEMA does not evaluate the response of other federal agencies or partners, the report reviews FEMA’s coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services, the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and other agencies and task forces.
The report finds that a lack of interagency communication hampered pandemic planning and response, and continuing private sector and interagency coordination are among the report’s recommendations.
This report is a collaborative product of the agency across all 10 FEMA regions and field offices in the affected states, tribes and territories.
To learn more about FEMA’s COVID-19 assessment, please follow the link below.
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Initial Assessment Report, FEMA