Governor Doug Ducey has requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration from the federal government.
If approved, the Major Disaster Declaration would give Arizona expanded resources to fight the coronavirus pandemic, which as of Wednesday morning, has sickened more than 1,400 people in our state and killed 29.
“Arizonans have shown great resilience while coming together to support one another during this health emergency,” said Governor Ducey in a media release. “This declaration will help families, individuals, businesses and tribal communities in our state weather this storm and bounce back afterward stronger than ever. I’m grateful for the partnership and collaboration we’ve had with administrative officials and hope to see this request approved in full to aid Arizona’s COVID-19 response.”
According to Gov. Ducey’s office, the declaration would provide assistance to: Crisis Counseling Program, Disaster Case Management, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Disaster Legal Services, Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, and any other appropriate Stafford Act disaster assistance programs.
On March 11, 2020, Governor Ducey issued a declaration of emergency for the state of Arizona, which is required to receive a federal declaration, which was requested on April 1.
See the federal request to President Donald Trump here.