(WXYZ) — FEMA is providing $124.6 million to the state of Michigan to aid in the response to COVID-19.
The federal disaster aid was made available under the major disaster declaration issued on March 27 by President Trump. It will be used to purchase and distribute personal protective equipment, durable medical equipment and supplies. The grant also covers the costs to decontaminate supplies required for healthcare professionals and emergency responders statewide.
“FEMA, along with the entire federal family, remain committed to supporting the state of Michigan in their efforts to combat this pandemic,” said FEMA Region 5 Administrator James K. Joseph in a news release. “These expedited funds will help the state of Michigan keep frontline workers healthy and safe as they continue their heroic response to COVID-19.”
“This funding will help ensure our frontline workers have the resources they need to stay safe while they work to protect Michigan residents from COVID-19,” said Capt. Kevin Sweeney, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division. “We appreciate our partnership with FEMA while we work to slow the spread of coronavirus.”
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