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Posted on: March 26, 2020

EMA Seeks Local Donated Personal Protective Equipment to Distribute to First Responders

PORTLAND -- The Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency is issuing a request for new, unopened boxes of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to assist our front-line Emergency Medical, Fire Department, and Law Enforcement first responders responding to COVID-19. 

Needed supplies include: N95 Masks (NIOSH or OSHA approved), surgical protective masks, nitrile gloves, eye protection, face shields, disposable protective gowns and suits, disposable shoe covers, hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray and disinfectant wipes. 

Used or damaged PPE, opened boxes, or handmade PPE cannot be accepted at this time. All PPE must be certified and approved under the following Standards/Regulations: OSHA – CFR 1910.1030 Blood borne Pathogens Regulation, NIOSH - CFR 1910.134 Respiratory Protection Act, and NIOSH – 42 CFR 84 Approval of Respiratory Protective Devices (for Manufacturers of Respiratory Protective Devices). 

Cumberland County residents, businesses, nonprofits, and whole community partners can help our first responders fight COVID-19 by donating PPE that they may have in their home or business. Our first responders are conserving supplies, manufacturers are working to fulfill orders, and our state and federal partners are working to distribute available PPE supplies. Because of this nation-wide shortage of PPE, we are asking for your help.

If you are interested in donating PPE, please complete this form. You can also find the form at our homepage: visit cumberlandcounty.org. Should we be able to receive your supplies, we will contact you directly. 

To allow us to continue our work to support our first responders and local emergency management directors, we ask that you refrain from calling or emailing us at this time. Please do not drop off supplies at County buildings, they will be turned away. 

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please visit the Maine CDC website or the US CDC website.

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