To help federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) emergency managers and public health officials respond to incidents during the 2020 hurricane season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is releasing the COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season. This document will:
- Describe anticipated challenges to disaster operations posed by COVID-19 and describe planning considerations for emergency managers in light of these challenges;
- Outline how FEMA plans to adapt response and recovery operations to the realities and risks of COVID-19 to:
- Ensure prioritization for life safety, life sustainment, and workforce protection, and
- Maintain the delivery of FEMA’s programs and help to solve complex problems by using whole-of-community disaster assistance to the highest level possible;
- Allow SLTT emergency managers to prepare and plan accordingly based on FEMA’s operational posture and create a shared understanding of expectations between FEMA and SLTTs prior to hurricane season; and
- Provide guidance, checklists, and resources to enable emergency managers to best adapt response and recovery plans.
This document is comprised of two main sections: response planning (p. 1) and recovery planning (p. 11).