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Ottawa Area ISD donates PPE to county for frontline responders

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Posted at 7:25 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 19:49:07-04

HOLLAND, Mich. — The Ottawa Area ISD announced Tuesday morning is working with the Ottawa County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to help meet the personal protection equipment (PPE) needs of frontline responders in the Ottawa area during the COVID-19 crisis.

Careerline Tech Center, who operates educational programs that provides training of career fields including medical, public safety and security. These classes use the same personal protection equipment in their classroom learning activities that area first responders and hospitals need to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We inventoried our coveralls, medical gloves, surgical masks, N95 masks, and sanitary wipes, When we finished we had a nice stockpile of items to donate,” Director of Career and Technical Education for OASID Dave Searles said. “We want to do whatever we can to help the people who are on the front lines risking their lives as they care for our community members and attempt to help stop the spread of this virus.”

Ottawa Area ISD provided an inventory of available supplies to the EOC, which was then able to match them with area needs. Volunteers coordinated through the EOC picked up the supplies from Careerline Tech Center and distributed to area frontline responders.

The Ottawa County Emergency Operations Center is requesting donations for the following items for First Responders:

  • N95 or KN 95 Masks
  • Surgical Masks
  • Gowns (all sizes)
  • Face Shields
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • 2 Oz or 4Oz plastic bottles to fill Hand Sanitizer

Donations can be made by contacting the Ottawa County Emergency Operations Center at OCEM@miottawa.org or 616-738-4050. The drop-off location is the Fillmore Complex Storage Building at 12130 Fillmore St, West Olive, MI (Fillmore Complex Storage Building).