Today, President Donald Trump spoke exclusively with The Scott Sands Show about Ohio's path to economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic -- click here to listen on our free iHeartRadio app.
During this nearly 20-minute conversation, President Trump explained, "We have the best doctors, the best military leaders, and the best logistics professionals anywhere in the world. And, we're orchestrating a massive Federal response unlike anything our country has ever seen."
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Additional information provided by officials at The White House.
Response and recovery efforts are locally executed, State managed, and Federally supported. Successfulemergencymanagementrequiresnationwidecooperationandunityofeffort,combiningthestrength and ingenuity of our citizens and private sector with a sweeping, all-inclusive, and whole-of-government response. The below is a partial overview of Federal assistance provided to the State of Ohio and the people of Ohio to combat the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The information is bolstered by hundreds of additional actionsbytheFederalgovernmenttohelpthepeopleofOhio.ImplementationoftheCARESActisongoingand will also bring additional support to Ohio. President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have appreciated the strong State-Federal partnership with Governor MikeDeWine.
Supportive Actions by President Donald J. Trump:
-President Trump Declares a National Emergency: On March 13, President Trump declared a national emergency concerning COVID-19. The emergency declaration authorized direct Federal assistance, temporary facilities, commodities, equipment, and emergency operation costs for all States, including Ohio, pursuant to section 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency AssistanceAct.
-Ohio’s Major Disaster Declaration: On March 28, Governor DeWine submitted a major disaster declarationrequesttotheFederalEmergencyManagementAgency(FEMA).OnMarch31,PresidentTrump approved the request declaring a major disaster in the State of Ohio and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, local, and tribal recovery efforts in the areas affected by COVID-19. For the first time in ourNation’shistory,everyStateandterritoryhasapresidentialdisasterdeclarationatthesametime.
-Historic Economic Relief: On March 27, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law. The law provides unprecedented economic relief to American citizens,smallbusinesses,workers,healthcareproviders,andState,local,andtribalgovernmentsandbuilds ontheFamiliesFirstCoronavirusResponseAct.
-National Guard Support: On April 2, President Trump FEMA to fund 100% of the emergency assistance activities provided by Ohio National Guard personnel in Title 32 duty status, per Governor DeWine’ request.
Testing, Resource & Logistics Support: FEMA is working with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), other Federal agencies, and private sector partners, to produce, allocate, and distribute key resources to Ohio. Most notably, these include personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, and the expedition of critical supplies from overseas to various U.S. locations.
-HHS,theCentersforDisasterControlandPrevention(CDC),andtheFoodandDrugAdministration(FDA), are providing unprecedented regulatory flexibilities, resources, and guidance to expand the availability of testing and to assist Ohio and States across the country in scaling testing.
-The Federal government is supporting mobile testing efforts to increase testing capacity and availability in Ohio.
-InsupportoftheWhiteHouseCoronavirusTaskForce,FEMAandHHSarecoordinatingawhole-of-America approachtosourcepersonalprotectiveequipment(PPE),ventilators,andothercriticalresourcesforStates, Tribes, and Territories. The effort is led by Rear Admiral John Polowczyk of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. For more on the Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force.
-The Trump Administration is coordinating Project Air Bridge, a coordinated public-private partnership designed to expedite the movement of critical supplies from other countries to the United States. to the State and $8.4 M to local governments.