FCEM&HS Now Accepting Donations of Home Sewn Masks

    Posted: 3/30/2020

    (COLUMBUS, OHIO) – As efforts to stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue and with limited amounts of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available, Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) is now accepting donations of home sewn masks in addition to manufactured PPE for the COVID-19 response.
    PPE received from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and many of the public donations have been distributed throughout Franklin County. Over the past couple weeks, FCEM&HS has received inquiries from the community wanting to assist local agencies by making and donating home sewn masks.  As COVID-19 continues, manufactured PPE is becoming difficult to obtain and home sewn masks are now being collected. 
    “While we are very excited to learn that Battelle has been approved to utilize their innovative technology to sterilize manufactured N-95 masks, we feel it is also prudent to begin to accept home sewn masks to potentially fill non-traditional uses and need for COVID-19 response,” said Jeffrey J. Young, Director of Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security. “As we begin the distribution of these home sewn masks, we will follow guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).”  

    Donations of home sewn masks and manufactured PPE are accepted daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at FCEM&HS, 5300 Strawberry Farms Blvd., Columbus.   

    Items Needed:

    • Gowns
    • Non-Sterile Gloves
    • Surgical Masks (Ear Loop)
    • N95 Masks - All Sizes
    • Home Sewn Masks
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Viral Swabs/Viral Culture Vials

    Donations of commercially produced items should be in sealed manufactured packaging.  A valid driver’s license is required for proper identification.