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BOSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending nearly $2.2 million to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to reimburse the state for the cost of keeping the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $2,194,891 Public Assistance grant will go to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for emergency protective measures taken by the RMV between January and September 2020, including:

  • Contracting for disinfecting and cleaning services at various RMV facilities, including driver testing vehicles;
  • Purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) including face masks, face shields, and gloves;
  • Purchasing safety equipment such as temperature scanners to monitor staff and customers, sneeze guard barriers, canopies for drive through protection, communication devices for drive up windows, and drop boxes for public document delivery; and
  • Purchasing disinfecting supplies for facility cleaning, hand sanitizer, and dispensers.

“FEMA is pleased to be able to assist the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with these costs,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. “Providing resources for our partners on the front lines of the pandemic fight is critical to their success, and our success as a nation.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance program is an essential source of funding for states and communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.

So far, FEMA has provided more than $947 million in Public Assistance grants to Massachusetts to reimburse the commonwealth for pandemic-related expenses.

Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program is available at To learn more about the COVID-19 response in Massachusetts, please visit


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