Evers Asks FEMA To Rescind PPE Rules
New federal rules won't cover costs of cleaning personal protection equipment.
“These new limitations, if implemented, would require our state to revise its disaster response strategy midstream. For the many expenditures for which the state was counting on FEMA support that would no longer be eligible under the September 1 guidance, the state will need to either divert resources from other response programs to pay for them or forgo them altogether. Either way, the state’s COVID-19 response efforts will suffer at a critical time,” the Sept. 4 letter from Evers stated in reference to FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.
President Donald Trump has called for schools across the country to reopen, but new rules starting Sept. 15 would not reimburse states for COVID-19 costs in nonemergency settings.
“It seems to me to be shortsighted to, on the one hand, say that schools should reopen in person, but on the other hand pulling support out from under those schools trying to follow all the safety protocols to make sure students can return safely,” said Wisconsin Association of School Boards government relations director Dan Rossmiller.
There was money for schools in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump. But not all schools in Wisconsin were eligible, said Rossmiller. He said safety was one of the key concerns in whether and how to reopen schools.
Under the new FEMA guidelines, funding for eligible PPE expenses will be limited to a 60-day supply. The federal agency plans to provide PPE, including cloth face masks, for medical care, some medical sheltering, mass casualty management and other settings.
Evers Asks FEMA To Rescind New Rules On PPE was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.
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