FEMA COVID-19 reimbursement exceeds $4 billion in mid-Atlantic states

PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided more than $4 billion to Region 3 states and the District of Columbia for costs related to saving lives and protecting the public from COVID-19. In addition to Washington, DC, Region 3 includes Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Funds were distributed among local partners, state partners, school districts, other public entities, and some private non-profit organizations.

Federal funding reimbursed the costs associated with emergency protective measures through FEMA’s Public Assistance program. The program reimburses communities for actions taken in immediate response and during disaster recovery. Eligible applicants include states, federally recognized tribal governments, US territories, local governments and certain private non-profit organizations. These emergency protective measures included testing patients, purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) and patient care. Additional reimbursement covered costs associated with storing, handling, transporting, distributing and administering vaccines.

“FEMA is committed to providing mission-critical funding to our state, local and nonprofit partners,” said MaryAnn Tierney, Regional Administrator for FEMA Region 3. “The $4 billion in aid has reduced the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities. FEMA continues to work hand in hand with our federal, state and tribal partners to lessen the impacts of COVID-19.”

The total amount of Public Assistance funds received, as of October, by state and the District of Columbia is as follows:

Delaware: $216,336,970

District of Colombia: $722,221,321

Maryland: $1,391,766,239

Pennsylvania: $830,914,127

Virginia: $784,516,159

West Virginia: $94,111,245

It takes dozens of public assistance projects to add up to $4 billion. Some recent projects FEMA Region 3 has provided funding for include:

District of Colombia

  • DC Office of Contracts and Procurement – $481,964,601.43
    • These funds enabled the purchase of equipment, materials, supplies and services in response to COVID-19.


  • Christiana Care Health Services – $20,389,812.10
    • Funds awarded to Christiana Care Health Services provided PPE, testing, patient care and medical equipment.


  • Adventist Medical Assistance – PNP Hospital – $42,649,915.00
    • Adventist Health funds went towards testing, medical supplies, PPE and patient care.


  • City of Philadelphia – $41,413,989.47
    • Grant money from the City of Philadelphia provided food for the public, alternative care locations, emergency operations center (EOC) costs, non-gathering shelter, information distribution, mortuary services, and vaccinations.


  • Valley Health Hospital – $17,786,402.54
    • Valley Health funds went towards PPE, training, screening, cleaning, medical transport, temporary medical facilities, vaccines and patient care.

West Virginia

  • University of West Virginia – $9,566,079.98
    • West Virginia University has directed funding for testing and information distribution.

The response to COVID-19 has been a highly coordinated effort between states, territories and the federal government. In addition to the $4 billion in public assistance funding, FEMA actively collaborated with the National Guard on strategic missions. To date, the total amount of Mission Assignment funds provided by state is as follows:

Delaware: $145,979,574.00

Maryland: $405,582,023.50

Pennsylvania: $265,271,549.00

Virginia: $471,268,549.00

West Virginia: $356,125,360.24

“Funds awarded to Region 3 have had profoundly positive impacts on our communities’ ability to respond to COVID-19 risks,” said Tierney. “The funding provided the ability to purchase vital equipment and supplies. Ultimately, the funds ensured protection for frontline workers and the public.”


If you have any questions, please contact the FEMA Region 3 Office of External Affairs at (215) 931-5597 or at [email protected]

FEMA’s mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. FEMA Region 3’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

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FEMA COVID-19 reimbursement exceeds $4 billion in mid-Atlantic states

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