California COVID-19 Recovery

Event Number: FEMA-3428-EM-CA California COVID-19

Incident Period: January 20, 2020 and continuing

Action Required: The deadline for submittal of Requests for Public Assistance (RPA) is Friday, April 17, 2020. Please see the Application Fact Sheets for RPA submittal instructions, located on this page.

FEMA has added a new function to its Grants Portal website. Potential applicants, such as towns/cities, counties, special districts, UC’s, CSU’s, Tribal Governments, etc., (except for Private Non-Profits/Tribal Governments applying as their own Recipient) can now go directly to the Grants Portal website, create their own Organization Profiles, and submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) without having to first receive an Invitation from Cal OES.  This information will also be posted on Recovery’s DR-4482 webpage:


  • This is not available to Private Non-Profits; they must still contact Cal OES via and request an Invitation to Grants Portal
  • This is not available to Tribal Governments applying as their own Recipient. If they wish to apply as a Sub-recipient through Cal OES, they can utilize this function
  • This is only available for the COVID-19 event (DR-4482)


In accordance with section 502 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, eligible emergency protective measures taken to respond to the COVID-19 emergency at the direction or guidance of public health officials may be reimbursed under Category B of FEMA’s Public Assistance Program. 

Click here to check out FEMA's interactive dashboard of funding data available for the Public Assistance Program.

Eligible Applicants

  • State Agencies
  • Local Governments (e.g., Cities, Towns, Counties, etc.)
  • Special Districts (e.g., School Districts, Sanitation Districts, Community Services Districts, etc.)
  • Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments
  • Private non-profit organizations which own or operate a private nonprofit facility as defined in 44 CFR, section 206.221(e)
  • For-profit organizations are not eligible.

Eligible Assistance

Under the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration, FEMA may provide assistance for emergency protective measures including, but not limited to, the following*:

  • Management, control and reduction of immediate threats to public health and safety:
    • Emergency Operation Center costs
    • Training specific to the declared event
    • Disinfection of eligible public facilities
    • Technical assistance to state, tribal, territorial or local governments on emergency management and control of immediate threats to public health and safety
  • Emergency medical care:
    • Non‐deferrable medical treatment of infected persons in a shelter or temporary medical facility
    • Related medical facility services and supplies
    • Temporary medical facilities and/or enhanced medical/hospital capacity (for treatment when existing facilities are reasonably forecasted to become overloaded in the near term and cannot accommodate the patient load or to quarantine potentially infected persons)
    • Use of specialized medical equipment
    • Medical waste disposal
    • Emergency medical transport
  • Medical sheltering (e.g. when existing facilities are reasonably forecasted to become overloaded in the near future and cannot accommodate needs)
    • All sheltering must be conducted in accordance with standards and/or guidance approved by HHS/CDC and must be implemented in a manner that incorporates social distancing measures
    • Non‐congregate medical sheltering is subject to prior approval by FEMA and is limited to that which is reasonable and necessary to address the public health needs of the event, is pursuant to the direction of appropriate public health officials and does not extend beyond the duration of the Public Health Emergency
  • Household pet sheltering and containment actions related to household pets in accordance with CDC guidelines
  • Purchase and distribution of food, water, ice, medicine, and other consumable supplies, to include personal protective equipment and hazardous material suits Movement of supplies and persons
  • Security and law enforcement
  • Communications of general health and safety information to the public
  • Search and rescue to locate and recover members of the population requiring assistance
  • Reimbursement for state, tribe, territory and/or local government force account overtime costs

*If not funded by the Health and Human Services (HHS), Center for Disease Control (CDC), or other federal agency. While some activities listed may be eligible for funding through HHS/CDC, final reimbursement determinations will be coordinated by HHS and FEMA. FEMA will not duplicate any assistance provided by HHS/CDC.

Further information about eligible emergency protective measures can be found in the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide (FP 104-009-2 /April 2018)

For more information, visit the following federal government websites:

If you have any questions, please send an email with your contact information to

1. Limit contact with flood water

Flood water may have high levels of raw sewage or other hazardous substances. Early symptoms from exposure to contaminated flood water may include upset stomach, intestinal problems, headache and other flu-like discomfort. Anyone experiencing these and any other problems should immediately seek medical attention.

What do I do with my home septic system after a flood? Do not use the sewage system until water in the soil absorption field is lower than the water level around the house. If you have a home-based or small business and your septic system has received chemicals, take extra precautions to prevent contact with water or inhaling fumes. Proper clean-up depends on the kinds of chemicals in the wastewater. Read more

Children: Protect children after a flood. Be sure children are protected from chemicals and diseases in flood water. Behavior such as crawling or placing objects in their mouths can increase a child's risk of exposure and sickness.

2. Drinking water and food

3. Mold

4. Managing debris

Disasters can generate tons of debris, including building rubble, soil and sediments, green waste (e.g.., trees and shrubs), personal property, ash, and charred wood. How a community manages disaster debris depends on the debris generated and the waste management options available. Burying or burning is no longer acceptable, except when permission or a waiver has been granted, because of the side effects of smoke and fire from burning, and potential water and soil contamination from burial. Typical methods of recycling and solid waste disposal in sanitary landfills often cannot be applied to disaster debris because of the large volume of waste and reluctance to overburden existing disposal capacity.

5. Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can breed

Mosquito can sharply increase after a flood, due to the sudden availability of standing water which they require for breeding -- even very small amounts of water. As flood waters recede be sure to drain, overturn, or empty areas -- no matter how small -- to reduce mosquito breeding areas and help reduce the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.

6. For water and wastewater facilities:

For water and wastewater facilities: Suggested post-hurricane activities to help facilities recover.

7. Renovation and rebuilding

Lead-safe work: By law, contractors need to use lead-safe work practices on emergency renovations on homes or buildings built before 1978. Activities such as sanding, cutting, and demolition can create lead-based paint hazards. Lead-contaminated dust is harmful to adults, particularly pregnant women, and children.

Asbestos: Anyone working on demolition, removal, and cleanup of building debris needs be aware of any asbestos and to handle asbestos materials properly. People exposed to asbestos dust can develop serious lung health problems including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Although the use of asbestos has dramatically decreased in recent years, it is still found in many residential and commercial buildings and can pose a serious health risk.

8. Underground Storage Tanks

During a flood, underground storage tank (UST) systems may become displaced or damaged and release their contents into the environment, causing soil, surface water, and groundwater contamination.