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One Year Anniversary of COVID-19 Disaster Declaration

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

  • FEMA

On March 13, 2020, FEMA was activated in response to COVID-19. In the year since, the strength and resilience of our nation and of FEMA’s 21,000 emergency managers has been showcased.


The service and sacrifices of first responders, front line workers and essential personnel helped the country respond during an unprecedented time. The partnerships between FEMA and interagency and state, local, tribal and territorial partners was essential in the agency’s mission.


As we remember the more than 530,000 Americans lost, the recently authorized vaccines have given us new hope for the future. As an agency, FEMA is committed to ensuring every person who wants a vaccine can receive one. Tremendous progress has been made towards this goal, obligating billions to the effort, supporting hundreds of vaccination sites and establishing Community Vaccination Center federal pilot sites in several states, capable of administering tens of thousands of vaccines a day.


Every day we are drawing closer to a time when we can return to the places we enjoy and create more memories with people we care about. Continue to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health guidance to protect yourself and those around you.

National Disaster Legal Aid

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Disaster Legal Response Resources for Advocates

The National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center welcomes all advocates and volunteers from nonprofit legal aid organizations, bar associations, pro bono counsel from law firms and corporations, law school students and faculty, and allied nonprofits working on disaster legal aid.

The Advocacy Center includes information disaster response initiatives, upcoming events for advocates, developments from the field, and access to a network of over 600 advocates across the country. It is free to join, but some areas are password-protected. The Advocacy Center is maintained by Lone Star Legal Aid, a legal service provider in Texas. 

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