Federal Emergency Management Agency is an agency in the United States Department of Homeland Security. The agency was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Washington, District of Columbia, United States.
FEMA is responsible for the citizens and first responders of the United States and provides support to them in order to build and sustain preparation, protection, response systems, and recovery systems against all hazards. Their mission statement is to help people before, during, and after disasters.
Since the outbreak of the novel COVID-19 virus (coronavirus), FEMA has been working with the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Department of Health and Human Services as well as state, local and tribal territorial governments. They have also provided a hub for information to help people avoid rumors and misinformation.
FEMA has also provided a shipment of personal protective equipment to Oregon which included over 1 million gloves, 10 thousand face shields, 400 thousand N95 masks, and 50 thousand surgical masks. They recognize there is a global shortage, but provided Oregon with the equipment as the state is working to replenish supplies for health care workers and first responders elsewhere.