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Rural Emergency Preparedness and Response – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

May 23, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will hold a public meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB) on September 12-13, 2022. The PACCARB advises and provides information and recommendations to the Secretary of HHS regarding programs and policies intended to reduce or combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria that may present a public health threat. The main focuses of the meeting will be on One Health Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and pandemic preparedness policy, and the final agenda will be published on the PACCARB website. Pre-registration is required for members of the public to attend the meeting and who wish present comments during the meeting.
Source: Federal Register
May 6, 2022 - Announces the Climate and Health Outlook, a new public information initiative from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Climate Change and Health Equity (OCCHE). Describes the first issue's focus on extreme heat exposure, with that first installment offering county-level information on heat exposure risks and population vulnerability.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
May 4, 2022 - Notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) amending the notices of emergency and major disaster declarations declared from or having an incident period beginning between, January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021. The Federal share of assistance for these declarations, including direct Federal assistance, shall be not less than 90 percent of the total eligible cost of such assistance.
Source: Federal Register
May 4, 2022 - Notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announcing that federal funds for emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program are authorized at 100 percent of total eligible costs for work performed from January 20, 2020, through July 1, 2022. This notice applies to all major disaster declarations and related determinations resulting from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 25, 2022 - Describes the challenges that many rural communities face in building the capacity to apply for grant funding, as documented in a report from Montana-based organization Headwaters Economics, noting that many of the communities with low grant writing capacity are also the most vulnerable to wildfires, floods, and other climate hazards. Discusses federal infrastructure investments that aim to address rural vulnerability, noting that the recently launched Rural Partners Network aims to address capacity issues through partnerships with local leaders. May require subscription to view the full article.
Source: High Country News
Apr 22, 2022 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a virtual public meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors, Center for Preparedness and Response (BSC, CPR) on June 1-2, 2022, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern each day. The agenda includes a discussion on CPR Director and Division updates; COVID-19 response update; the review of CPR's strategies and science priorities update; a discussion of state and local readiness public health emergency preparedness; and more. Registration is limited to 500 seats.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 15, 2022 - Announces rural infrastructure funding through the USDA Forest Service awarded to 742 counties to support schools, roads, emergency services on national forests, and wildfire protection. Outlines USDA Forest Service payments in FY2021 by state, totaling $238 million.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Mar 31, 2022 - Notice from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) seeking comments on a proposed rotating module on Emergency Preparedness to be added to the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants, which is used by ACL to measure program performance for programs funded under Title III of the Older Americans Act (OAA). The data collected from this module will help states and Area Agencies on Aging to structure their programs and services to better prepare OAA clients for emergencies, provide secondary data for analysis of the level of preparedness among OAA clients in the event of disasters, and identify gaps in emergency preparedness at the national level that may disproportionately affect the most vulnerable OAA clients. Comments are due by May 2, 2022.
Source: Federal Register

Last Updated: 5/23/2022