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COVID-19: USA

  • FEMA Releases New COVID-19 Resource Tools (15 Sept 2020) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created two new resource tools for COVID-19 pandemic recovery. The COVID-19 Resource Summary Report compiles available resources provided by federal departments and agencies, as well as information on what federal funding sources can be applied to specific areas for COVID-19 recovery. The report addresses potential overlap with FEMA Public Assistance. The COVID-19 Resource Roadmaps provide a deep-dive into specific topic areas and challenges associated with COVID-19 recovery. Roadmaps offers potential solutions and federal resources that could support recovery activities. To date, FEMA has published "COVID-19 Education Resource Roadmap," and "COVID-19 Food and Nutrition." FEMA will provide additional roadmaps for Healthcare, Housing and Economic Development by the end of September. Roadmaps use information that is either publicly available or publicly obtained, and should be used only for informational purposes. These resource tools were created by FEMA’s Recovery Support Function Leadership Group, and more information is available online.
  • FEMA Releases “COVID-19 Supplement for Planning Considerations: Evacuations and Shelter-in-Pace” (08 Sept 2020) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently released the COVID-19 Supplement for Planning Considerations: Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place, which is intended to help communities plan for evacuations and shelter-in-place operations during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This supplement to the 2019 Planning Considerations: Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place provides COVID-19 related questions to key principles and critical considerations. The questions can assist emergency management planners as they review, revise, and implement impacts and constraints resulting from COVID-19, helping them to make the necessary adjustments to ensure continuity of essential functions and services. Visit the FEMA website for a collection of downloadable comprehensive preparedness planning guides.
  • COVID-19 Pandemic: Work Eligible for Public Assistance (FEMA Policy 104-009-19, 01 Sept 2020) The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Sept. 1 released its interim policy, “FEMA Policy 104-009-19 COVID 19 Pandemic: Work Eligible for Public Assistance.” The interim policy defines the framework, policy details, and requirements for determining the eligibility of work and costs under the PA Program to ensure consistent and appropriate implementation across all COVID-19 emergency and major disaster declarations. Except where specifically stated otherwise in this policy and other disaster-specific COVID-19 policies, assistance is subject to PA Program requirements as defined in Version 3.1 of the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide (PAPPG). This interim policy supersedes the FEMA Fact Sheet dated Mar. 19, 2020, “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Eligible Emergency Protective Measures,” for work performed on or after Sept. 15, 2020. This interim policy will be updated or revised as required by changes in the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • DHS/CISA publishes Cyber Essentials Toolkit Chapter 3 (17 Aug 2020) The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CIA) recently published Cyber Essentials Toolkit Chapter 3: Your Systems, What Makes You Operational to share with small companies and local government agencies. This chapter emphasizes protecting the information and applications on your network. Organizations that build security into and around critical assets and applications strengthen their technical cyber hygiene. This Cyber Essentials Toolkit recommends actionable steps leaders can take to manage network assets with the goal of protecting information and securing hardware and software. The Cyber Essentials Toolkit is a set of modules designed to break down the CISA Cyber Essentials into bite-sized actions for IT and C-suite leaders to work toward full implementation of each Cyber Essential, with each chapter focusing on recommended actions to readiness. Direct questions to Central@cisa.gov.
  • COVID-19 Disinformation Toolkit (June 17, 2020) This toolkit is designed to help state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) officials bring awareness to misinformation, disinformation, and conspiracy theories appearing online related to COVID-19’s origin, scale, government response, prevention and treatment.
  • National League of Cities (NLC) Emergency Preparedness Amidst COVID-19: A Guide for Local Governments (24 June 2020) As local governments grapple with the COVID-19 challenge, hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and other disasters continue to threaten communities across the US. How can local leaders keep residents safe and prepare for these hazards amidst a global pandemic that requires physical distancing and other precautions?This document is a short guide about local emergency preparedness during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • FEMA Fact Sheet: Coronavirus Pandemic Response: Mass Care Delivery Guidance (June 17, 2020) 
  • FEMA Fact Sheet: Business Emergency Operations Center (BEOC) Quick Start Guidance for COVID-19 Response and Recovery (June 10, 2020) This guidance provides state, local, tribal and territorial governments with foundational concepts for establishing a Business Emergency Operations Center (BEOC) to support their response and recovery operations for the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • National Mass Care Strategy Releases COVID-19 Sheltering Non-Congregate Guidelines (June 1, 2020) The following documents are provided as general guidelines for making non-congregate sheltering decisions in a COVID-19 environment:

Scams Related to COVID-19

  • Fake Online Coronavirus Map Delivers Well-known Malware (Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center, Mar. 16, 2020). A malicious website pretending to be the live map for Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University is circulating on the internet waiting for unwitting internet users to visit the website. Visiting the website infects the user with the AZORult trojan, an information stealing program which can exfiltrate a variety of sensitive data.