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COVID-19 Preparedness Resources

  • FEMA Making Over $3 Million Available to Pennsylvania for COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Grant: U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced on Thursday, April 16 that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is making over $3 million available to Pennsylvania to assist in efforts to combat COVID-19. The CARES Act authorized an additional $100 million to FEMA’s Emergency Management Performance Grant Program (EMPG). Through this grant program, FEMA will award funding to support planning and operational readiness for COVID-19 preparedness and response; development of tools and strategies for prevention, preparedness, and response; and ongoing communication and coordination among federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners throughout the response. Additional information is available here.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Recommendations on Face Masks
    • The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Instructions on making masks can be found here.
  • Create Your Crisis Management Plan (ACCE) Tactical and practical resources for internal chamber crisis management and resources.
  • Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist (CDC/HHS) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed the following checklist for large businesses.
  • Lead Your Business Through the Coronavirus Crisis (Harvard Business Review) The Harvard Business Review has distilled the following 12 lessons for responding to unfolding events, communicating, and extracting and applying learnings.
  • 8 Questions Employers Should Ask About Coronavirus (Harvard Business Review) The Harvard Business Review outlines eight questions that companies should ask as they prepare for — and respond to — the spread of the virus.
  • Coronavirus Response Toolkit (US Chamber of Commerce) The U.S. Chamber has compiled CDC’s coronavirus recommendations for businesses and workers across the country.
  • COVID-19 Business Resources includes updates from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development.

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