The City of Bainbridge Island Emergency Operations Center is continuing to support the needs of our health care workers during the COVID-19 outbreak and is seeking protective equipment donations from the community for these efforts. Supplies are limited due to impacts on manufacturing and the increase in global demand. Through the Emergency Operations Center, we have already provided protective equipment and cleaning supplies for Bainbridge Pediatrics, Bainbridge Island Senior Living, and Helpline House but more items are needed to continue this support for our community. Below are specific items that are needed immediately to ensure the safety of our health care workers and their patients:
- N95 respirators (a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles – see here)
- Surgical masks
- Safety goggles
- Medical gowns
- Face shields
If you have these items in your emergency supply stockpile and do not have a medical need for them, please consider donating them.
“We understand that some people are hesitant to use their emergency supply kits, as the COVID-19 outbreak may not feel like a disaster compared to an earthquake or wildfire. However, this is an emergency and the time to act is now,” said Bainbridge Prepares Executive Director Loren Bast.
Donations will be accepted curbside at City Hall, located at 280 Madison Avenue N, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday. A volunteer will be outside City Hall to accept your items. Please bring a completed donation receipt form with you. Get the form here. Please email BPresponse@bainbridgewa.gov for more information.
Thank you to everyone who previously donated items through Bainbridge Prepares. These efforts are now being coordinated by the Emergency Operations Center due to the activation.
During an emergency, the Emergency Operations Center serves as a central location for staff and community partners to meet to gather information and coordinate response and recovery efforts. The participating agencies include the City of Bainbridge Island, Bainbridge Prepares, Bainbridge Island Fire Department, Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District, and Bainbridge Island School District.
If you are interested in serving as a volunteer or have a specific need, please visit the Bainbridge Prepares COVID-19 recovers website.