PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — On Sunday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf requested a major disaster declaration from President Trump through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide additional support for state, county and municipal governments and certain nonprofits. This request is also for additional support for individuals who are struggling during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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“The COVID-19 outbreak has taxed our commonwealth and our communities in ways that are almost incomprehensible,” Wolf said. “I am calling on the President and the federal government to make available to us the assistance that will make a tangible difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors, and the dedicated public servants who are working in overdrive to support them.”READ MORE: Camden County Health Officials Enlisting Bilingual Volunteers To Help Dispel COVID Vaccine Fears In Latino Community
If the request is approved it will provide the same emergency protective measures available under the nationwide emergency proclamation, including Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Crisis Counseling, Community Disaster Loans and the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Program; and Statewide Hazard Mitigation.MORE NEWS: 'Really Good Step In The Right Direction' For Philadelphia Restaurants As Some COVID Restrictions Relaxed
On March 6, Wolf signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency due to the outbreak.