Over 1 Million PPE Distributed
HILLSBOROUGH – Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher announced that the Somerset County Office of Emergency Management has distributed over 1 million articles of personal protective equipment (PPE) to long-term care facilities (81%), municipal OEMs (14%) and first responders.
The bulk of critically needed supplies was provided by the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management. Personal and private donations from residents, businesses and community organizations also were distributed, including face masks, hand sanitizer and gloves.
“It was difficult to get PPE initially, so we purchased what we could. But what really made a difference for our first responders was the amount of PPE supplies members of our community donated. We are incredibly grateful for their generosity,” said Freeholder Director Shanel Y. Robinson. “Of course, we could not have limited the spread of the coronavirus as much as we did without the help of Governor Murphy, our legislators and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.”
“This has been an outstanding collaborative initiative,” said Freeholder Gallagher, public health and safety liaison. “Several of the support functions of our Emergency Operations Center, including those provided by our Emergency Management and Facilities and Services Divisions, have done a tremendous job of communicating with the state OEM, managing and breaking down supplies, and delivering critical PPE to locations where they were most needed.”