Across the country, state and local governments are moving quickly to respond to COVID-19 outbreaks through making emergency declarations. Washington state was the first to do so on February 29th. Emergency declarations can allow officials to quickly secure and utilize targeted funding, in addition to potential allocations from the federal government. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the primary form of assistance to states, territories, tribes and localities may come in the form of federal guidance, funding to support enhanced mitigation measures, logistics supply chain analysis, and regulatory relief facilitated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Every state except West Virginia and three U.S. territories are now reporting cases of COVID-19.