LINCOLN, NEB. – 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 for Nebraska in response to the outbreak out of COVID-19:

“FEMA is able to offer our state this significant grant as a result of the disaster declaration that President Trump issued for Nebraska in April. I appreciate the president responding to Nebraska’s needs and ensuring we are able to access this funding. These resources will directly benefit the health and safety of Nebraskans.”

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On April 4, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, President Trump declared that a major disaster exists in Nebraska, enabling federal funding for emergency protective measures.

This award provides $62,490,887 in federal funding to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for those protective measures. In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, NEMA acquired and staged medical supplies, along with medical equipment for current and future distribution including respirators, N95 masks, medical gloves, surgical masks, medical gowns, face shields, goggles, head covers, disinfectant wipes, and shoe covers; disinfects for the enhanced facilities; provided disease testing and diagnosis associated with the management, control, and reduction of immediate threats to public health and safety.