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News by Topic: Emergency preparedness and response

Sep 21, 2021 - The Census Bureau is allowing an additional 30 days for comments on a proposed information collection regarding emergency economic information collections (EEIC) in response to unanticipated international, national, or regional emergencies. The proposed information collection will allow the Census Bureau to submit quick turnaround clearance requests to the Office of Management and Budget when future emergencies arise. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 15, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the release of a new resource guide, Disaster Resiliency and Recovery Resources A Guide for Rural Communities, to provide information on programs and services to help rural communities with disaster resiliency, recovery assistance, and long-term emergency preparedness planning.
Sep 14, 2021 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) held two meetings in September 2021 to implement the Voluntary Agreement for the Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic. This notice summarizes the objectives of those meetings, which were closed to the public.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 14, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is seeking comment on an information collection related to the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Reach and Resiliency Grants. TEFAP Reach and Resiliency Grants are aimed at strengthening TEFAP infrastructure and expand TEFAP's reach into rural, remote, and/or low-income communities that are underserved by the program. Comments are due by September 14, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 14, 2021 - Notice of amendment from the Department of Health and Human Services to expand the scope of authority for licensed pharmacists to order and administer, and qualified pharmacy technicians and pharmacy interns to administer, FDA authorized, approved, or licensed COVID-19 therapeutics. This amendment will be effective September 14, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 7, 2021 - Notice from the Food and Drug Administration announcing a virtual meeting of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee on September 17, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include a discussion of the Pfizer-BioNTech supplemental Biologics License Application for COMIRNATY for the administration of a third dose, or "booster" dose, of the COVID-19 vaccine, in individuals 16 years of age and older. Includes information on how to submit public comments or request permission to make a public comment during the meeting. Registration is not required, and the meeting is open to the public, available online via a live webcast.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 7, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force will hold a virtual public meeting on September 30, 2021, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern. The purpose of this meeting is to present and vote on the final recommendations for mitigating inequities caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and for preventing such inequities in the future. The confirmed time and agenda will be published on the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force website.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 7, 2021 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced efforts to provide support for hospitals and other healthcare facilities in New Jersey and New York in response to Hurricane Ida. Provides details on available waivers and flexibilities to continue operations and how local health officials can get information and supplies to serve Medicare beneficiaries in need of dialysis care.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Sep 1, 2021 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced efforts to provide support for hospitals and other healthcare facilities in Louisiana and Mississippi in response to Hurricane Ida. Provides details on available waivers and flexibilities to continue operations and how local health officials can get information and supplies to serve Medicare beneficiaries in need of dialysis care. Includes details on provider requirements and expectations during the public health emergency.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services