WASHINGTON — FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell spoke at the White House today about FEMA and the federal government’s continued support in the ongoing response to COVID-19.
Criswell’s comments came almost a year after FEMA began supporting local vaccination centers in 2021.
“We know the most urgent need right now is medical personnel for our hospitals, and we have been working non-stop with the Department of Defense and Health and Human Services, who have been on the ground in communities since day one to push even more. medical teams are going out to communities that need it most,” she said. “I’ve seen first-hand the impact of these teams on their ongoing heroic endeavours.”
Criswell added that FEMA policy will now provide funding to states to use their National Guard troops to fill critical health care vacancies.
“As critical as our doctors and nurses are, countless other professionals keep our hospitals running. Patient transporters, employees and cleaning staff are at the heart of these healthcare facilities,” she says. “I now lead an expansion of our FEMA policy to allow funding to states that choose to use their National Guard forces to fulfill these critical support roles in hospitals. This pandemic has shifted and changed through the delta variant and now the ommicron variant, but our commitment of the entire federal family has not changed. Together, we will continue to grow our workforce, deploy resources and provide support using all the resources we have at our disposal to fight our fight against COVID-19.”