MAYVILLE, N.Y.: --The Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services was recently awarded $29,492 through the Emergency Management Performance Grant COVID-19 Supplemental program.
“This grant is exciting news for Chautauqua County,” said PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Executive. “It will help offset some of our Office of Emergency Services costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and provides resources for the department to further respond to and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.”
The grant is funded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services administering the funding on behalf of FEMA.
The grant, which runs from January 27, 2020 through July 31, 2021, provides funding for emergency management agencies to prevent, prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
“Our department has been working tirelessly throughout this pandemic to keep the residents of Chautauqua County safe,” said John Griffith, Director of the Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services. “This grant will assist us with acquiring equipment and supplies used to decontaminate COVID-19 testing sites, obtaining personal protective equipment for first responders and health care professionals in the county, and utilizing a Fit Test Machine to fit test first responders and health care professionals for N95 masks. It will also help with planning initiatives such as updating our 2006 Pandemic Plan and developing a Decontamination Plan for contaminated public safety vehicles.”