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      N95 Mask Decontamination Service

      DHSS is currently working with Battelle on a N95 decontamination option.  Battelle is a company in Ohio that has been in business for 90 years. They are working with the federal government—FEMA and others—to provide N95 mask decontamination. The service is free but there are exact instructions to follow in packaging the masks and sending them for decontamination.

      See documents here:

      The first step is to sign an agreement with Battelle, and then information will fall into place.  Decontamination will take place in Jefferson City.  One of the documents is a map showing the local sites for drop off—all national guard armories. Couriers will take the boxes from the armories to Jeff City.  Every effort will be made to return the masks to the drop-off/pick-up site within 72 hours. The agency will get the same masks they sent in.

      See the documents above and reach out to DHSS or Battelle with questions.


      UPCOMING WEBINARS

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      Funding for EMS - Action needed today!

      4/23/20 - While EMS agencies have received some relief through the passage of the CARES Act, the needs of our EMS agencies and personnel serving on the frontlines of this pandemic war were not adequately addressed through the CARES Act legislation. All EMS systems, whether they are public, private or a combination of both, are struggling.

      Please ask Congress to provide direct funding relief for EMS in Phase 4 COVID-19 legislation to ensure that we can safely continue to serve our communities! It takes less than a minute!

      TAKE ACTION HERE.  It only takes a few moments.

      Advocacy

      News & Feedback Needed

      • DDTC Announces New COVID-Related Measures Covering Registration and Licensing (4/29/20)
      • Advanced Estate Planning Solutions: Responding to COVID-19 (4/29/20)
      • Supply chain choked by demand for protective gear (4/8/20)
      • COVID-19 Impact in Missouri - Feedback Requested
        As we work through the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic across our state, we would like to begin tracking the impact the virus is having on our response community.  We have developed a web-based product to capture this impact data.  Although your participation is voluntary, it will help provide a statewide and regional assessment of the virus's effects on all the responder disciplines we're attempting to track.  Thank you for participating.  The following link allows response agencies to complete a short survey and provide information on responder COVID-19 cases.   https://arcg.is/8r51n

        This single link is for use by all fire, law enforcement, and emergency medical service agencies in Missouri and may be completed from any computer, smart phone, or tablet.

      CARES Act Grant and Stimulus Programs

      There are a few programs that organizations are using to help with liquidity during the COVID-19 pandemic:

      • CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): The CARES Act provides significant funding for Section 7(a) Payroll Protection Program loans for organizations with fewer than 500 employees. If your organization satisfies the eligibility criteria it may be eligible to receive a loan equal to 2 ½ times your average monthly payroll up to a maximum of $10 million to fund payroll, rent, utilities and interest on mortgages, and existing debt. The best part is that some or all of the loan may be forgiven when you meet the conditions under PPP.
      • SBA Emergency Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL): SBA EIDL has been approved for COVID-19 funding for all states. Loans are for working capital and organizations can receive up to $2 million. Loans bear interest at 3.75% for businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits. Payments are deferred for one year.
      • CARES Act’s Emergency Grant: Organizations applying for the EIDL can also qualify for an additional $10,000 emergency grant, paid within 3 days, even if the application is denied.
      • Midsized Loan Program: CARES Act provides $500 billion that can be used for the Treasury to make and guarantee loans. Interest rates are not to exceed 2% and eligible businesses include those with 500 to 10,000 employees. The loans contain various provisions related to the workforce, dividends, etc. More guidance on the application process is expected by mid-April.
      • Other Grant Programs: As a result of the CARES Act and other relief and emergency funding opportunities, there will be more grant opportunities available at the federal, state, and philanthropic / foundation level.  There will be opportunities available for businesses, state and local governments, higher education institutions, health care related entities, and nonprofits. Many of these funding opportunities and programs are still “trickling down” from the federal level or are still being developed by the funding agencies and in most cases the application process is not yet set up. 
      • LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CARES ACT HERE.

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