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1 <br /> ORANGE COUNTY <br /> BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS <br /> ACTION AGENDA ITEM ABSTRACT <br /> Meeting Date: September 15, 2020 <br /> Action Agenda <br /> Item No. 8-d <br /> SUBJECT: Designation of Orange County Agent for FEMA Public Assistance <br /> DEPARTMENT: Emergency Services & Finance <br /> and Administrative Services <br /> ATTACHMENT(S): INFORMATION CONTACT: <br /> Resolution - Designation of Applicant's Pascal Moore, 919-245-2455 <br /> Agent Sarah Pickhardt, 919-245-6138 <br /> Gary Donaldson, 919-245-2453 <br /> Dinah Jeffries, 919-245-6123 <br /> PURPOSE: To approve a resolution designating an agent for Orange County's application for <br /> the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance for the recovery <br /> related to COVID-19, affecting Orange County's entire community since March 2020 with <br /> expected impacts to continue for years out. <br /> BACKGROUND: Orange County has been and continues to be greatly impacted by the <br /> complex multifaceted effects of COVID-19. Unlike most disasters, COVID-19 knows no <br /> boundaries. Not only is COVID-19 a health crisis that is causing loss of life, spreading human <br /> suffering, and upending lives within the community, but it is an economic and social crisis as <br /> well. Because of COVID-19, the Orange County Emergency Operations Center was activated <br /> on March 9, 2020 and remains activated requiring staffing by County personnel and partnering <br /> agencies. <br /> On March 10, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 116, declaring a State of <br /> Emergency to coordinate response and protective actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. <br /> On March 13, 2020, Orange County declared a State of Emergency mobilizing the Orange <br /> County Health and Emergency Services departments to organize an Incident Management <br /> Team to manage the public health impacts of COVID-19. First responders and health care <br /> professionals and resources such as personal protective equipment remain integral to mitigate <br /> the threat posed by COVID-19 on the community. <br /> Orange County has completed the Request for Public Assistance (RPA) and the State — <br /> Applicant Disaster Assistance Agreement. As part of the process, the County must adopt a <br /> resolution designating an agent to apply for and receive federal assistance. <br />