FEMA publishes new disease threat declaration guidelines, emergency procedures

FEMA publishes new disease threat declaration guidelines.
FEMA publishes new disease threat declaration guidelines. | Contributed photo

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently released the latest guidelines for declaring a disease threat or requesting a disease emergency declaration.

These guidelines describe how much assistance to give potentially diseased individuals, among other protocols.

The major responsibilities of a community experiencing a disease threat are also outlined in the national plans for prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery.

If there is an infectious disease threat declared, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FEMA will respond to the disease in a manner that integrates the entire community. The agencies will cooperate with other agencies and authorities involved in the declaration.

The latest FEMA guidelines say other agencies involved in disease declarations include the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Responders will be required to assist all states, tribes and U.S. territories in the event that an infectious disease is declared. Experts will need to evaluate the impact of the declaration and assess whether there is a legitimate need for federal assistance.

For a more detailed description of response operations, responsibilities, personnel qualifications and specialized provisions, federal interagency operational plans (FIOPs) should be consulted.

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