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Gov. Tom Wolf is asking President Donald Trump for additional support for state, county and municipal governments, nonprofits and individuals.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf requested a major disaster declaration from President Donald Trump on Sunday through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fight the coronavirus outbreak, according to a news release.
Wolf is asking for additional support for state, county and municipal governments and certain nonprofits, in addition to individuals struggling during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“The COVID-19 outbreak has taxed our commonwealth and our communities in ways that are almost incomprehensible,” Wolf said. “I am calling on the President and the federal government to make available to us the assistance that will make a tangible difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors, and the dedicated public servants who are working in overdrive to support them.”
Pennsylvania already received an emergency declaration under the President’s nationwide emergency proclamation, which provides reimbursement for eligible expenses for emergency protective measures to state, county and local governments and certain nonprofits for the duration of the emergency incident, the release states.
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If Wolf’s request is approved, the federal support will provide extensions to the same emergency protective measures available under the nationwide emergency proclamation: Individual assistance programs Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Crisis Counseling, Community Disaster Loans and the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Program; and Statewide Hazard Mitigation, according to the release.
On March 6, Wolf signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for the COVID-19 outbreak, a required step to request a federal major disaster declaration.
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