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Chairwoman Roybal-Allard Highlights FEMA Efforts to Help California Fight Coronavirus

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Washington, March 22, 2020 | Ben Soskin ((202) 225-1766) | comments
Today, House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) highlighted Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) efforts to assist California in fighting the COVID-19 coronavirus, including more than $32 million in FEMA funding to help California’s State Emergency Operations Center fight the coronavirus, as well as FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor’s announcement that the hospital ship USNS Mercy will be sent to Los Angeles.  Chairwoman Roybal-Allard oversees FEMA funding as the chairwoman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.
 
“As our state battles the coronavirus, it is imperative that our federal government stand with California to fight this pandemic and save lives,” said Chairwoman Roybal-Allard.  “As Homeland Security Appropriations Chairwoman, I fight to ensure FEMA has the funds it needs in order to provide grants to our states in times of crisis.  This FEMA funding for California’s State Emergency Operations Center is a perfect example – an essential grant to our state as we combat this deadly virus.  I am also grateful that FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor has just announced that the hospital ship USNS Mercy will be sent to Los Angeles.  I thank FEMA for making these vital investments in the health of Californians.”
 
The FEMA award provides $32,577,190.52 in FEMA Public Assistance Grant funding for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) for the Public Assistance Program for the California COVID-19 emergency event (coded as FEMA-EM-3428-CA).  The grant covers FEMA’s 75% share of the total project cost of $43,436,254.02.  This funding was applied for by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, and is provided under authority of Section 403 of the Stafford Act.

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