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COVID-19 Guidance

Federal Assistance Guidance for Emergency Managers

The information and resources on this page are available for Local Emergency Management Agencies in the State of as guidance on the federal funding assistance available to local jurisdictions through the COVID-19 National Emergency Declaration.

The National Emergency Declaration authorizes FEMA is to provide Public Assistance (PA) funding to state and local jurisdictions (counties and municipalities) for Category B Emergency Protective measures, which are those actions a community undertakes before, during, and following a disaster to save lives, protect public health and safety, and eliminate the immediate threat.

On this page you will find links to federal guidance, FAQs, and forms to help Local Emergency Management Agencies understand the processes for capturing, reporting, and receiving reimbursement for proper Category B costs.

This information is only related to the FEMA Category B Assistance available under the Stafford Act for the COVID-19 National Emergency. Information for applicants and assistance for COVID-19 funding from the the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is available at:

COVID-19 Eligible Emergency Protective Measures Fact Sheet

Procurement During EE Circumstances Fact Sheet

Procurement Under EE Circumstances Memo

COVID-19 Assessment Sites
Tennessee Department of Health has a list of assessment sites in Tennessee. Tennesseans should first call their usual source of care. If an assessment cannot be done in that location, individuals should call the assessment sites prior to going onsite. Most locations do a phone assessment to determine if an in-person assessment or test is needed. Most individuals, particularly those with mild or no symptoms do NOT need a test.

PPE Donations
Health care entities and response organizations should be sending their requests for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) directly to their Emergency Management Agency, for the county in which the health facility or response organization is located.

For donations of PPE for the response effort, send an email to

A list of accepted donations and donation locations can be found here.

Public Assistance for COVID-19
The documents below will provide guidance for documenting costs associated with Category B.

Documentation for Category B

Category B Checklists

FEMA Schedule of Equipment Rates

Blank Equipment Record

Blank Labor Record

Blank Materials Summary Record

Fringe Benefit Calculations Worksheet

SBA Information
Small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have suffered economic injury as a result of COVID-19 can apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million per applicant to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have otherwise been met.

The Economic Injury Disaster Loans are administered and processed through the SBA. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at

Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance.