Gov. John Bel Edwards requested a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Louisiana yesterday as the number of cases of COVID-19 grows and the state’s efforts to combat the spread of illness intensifies.
The declaration would allow the federal government to provide additional support for state and local agencies in dealing with this growing public health threat.
FEMA has announced that federal emergency aid has been made available for the state of Louisiana to supplement the state, tribes and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020, and continuing.
The President's action makes federal funding available for Crisis Counseling for affected individuals in all areas of the state of Louisiana.
Federal funding is also available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance under Public Assistance, for all areas affected by COVID-19, at a federal cost share of 75 percent.
George A. Robinson has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.