President Biden Signs Major Disaster Declaration for Navajo Nation to Assist with Covid-19 Response Efforts
February 3, 2021
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed a long-awaited Major Disaster Declaration for the Navajo Nation. The Declaration will provide more federal resources and prompts the release of federal funds for the reimbursement of emergency funds spent to address the Covid-19 pandemic on the Navajo Nation.
"With the signing of the Major Disaster Declaration by President Biden and the support of FEMA Acting Administrator Robert Fenton, the Navajo Nation will now work with FEMA to deliver more federal resources to help our communities combat Covid-19," Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said.
The Navajo Nation declared a Public Health State of Emergency on March 11, 2020, just days prior to its first confirmed case of Covid-19. The state of emergency remains in effect. On Dec. 3, 2020, President Nez and Vice President Lizer also issued a letter and a formal request to the White House for the Major Disaster Declaration.