Van Hollen, Sarbanes Say Maryland Has Received Only a Third of Fema Requested Items

April 3, 2020
In The News

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) along with the Maryland Congressional Delegation are urging FEMA to fulfill the state’s request, claiming that Maryland has only received about a third of supplies requested.... The medical supplies needed would help fight the coronavirus in the state. The supplies requested from FEMA include ventilators, personal protective equipment (PPE), testing chemical supplies, nasopharyngeal swabs, pharmacy cache for medical surge site and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mobile labs/examination center.... In addition to the supplies, the Maryland Congressional Delegation also supports the Crisis Counseling Program (CCP), which was requested by the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) but still awaits approval. “Crisis counseling seeks to prevent the onset of diagnosable disorders by helping survivors understand that they are experiencing common reactions to extraordinary occurrences” said Congressman Sarbanes and the Maryland Congressional Delegation in a press release. “Counselors help enhance social and emotional connections to others in the community and promote effective coping strategies and resilience.”