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Rural Emergency Preparedness and Response – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

May 14, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services is establishing a National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters (NACCD) to provide advice to the HHS Secretary on pediatric medical disaster planning, preparedness, response, and recovery. Up to 13 new voting members with expertise in pediatric medical disaster planning, preparedness, response, or recovery will be selected for the Committee, with at least 2 of those representing state, local, tribal, or territorial agencies. Application instructions are available on the NACCD website. Applications will be accepted May 27 - June 27, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
May 13, 2020 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released an interim final rule as part of its response to the COVID-19 public health emergency to establish standards and procedures by which they may require certain contracts and orders that promote the national defense be given priority over other contracts and orders. The rule is effective May 13, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
May 12, 2020 - Announcement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of a virtual public meeting on May 21, 2020 to develop a voluntary agreement to help provide for the national defense by maximizing the effectiveness of the distribution of critical medical resources nationwide to respond to pandemics in general, and COVID-19 specifically. If necessary, a second meeting will take place on May 27, 2020. Written comments should be submitted by May May 20, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 21, 2020 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has published a list of exemptions to the temporary final rule that was published on April 10, 2020 that listed scarce materials that should not be exported from the U.S. without FEMA approval. This rule is effective April 17, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 10, 2020 - Notice of a temporary rule from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) allocating certain scarce or threatened materials for domestic use so that they are not exported from the United States without explicit approval by FEMA. The rule will be effective for 120 days beginning April 10, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 9, 2020 - Extends the comment period for the March 23, 2020 notice seeking information and recommendations for maintaining an adequate national blood supply. Recommendations will be used to inform a report to Congress. Comments will be accepted through June 21, 2020.
Source: Federal Register

Last Updated: 5/14/2020