We get personal protective equipment to those who need it most

Get Us PPE provides donated  PPE at no cost to frontline workers and under-resourced communities with a sense of urgency and a focus on equity.

PPE is the most powerful defense against COVID.

Wearing masks keeps people safe while the vaccine rolls out and helps prevent the spread of new, more contagious variants of COVID-19.

President Biden’s COVID plan uses Get Us PPE data to demonstrate the urgent need for PPE. Whether you are requesting PPE or donating to our cause, you are helping prevent the spread of COVID to save thousands of lives.

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The PPE shortage is nationwide.

The latest PPE Shortage Index indicates our country is still facing a PPE crisis.

Get Us PPE has amassed the largest non-governmental database of PPE shortages in the United States. This data is critical for helping our nonprofit organization get personal protective equipment where it is needed most.

See Data on PPE Shortages

The latest updates from Get Us PPE

masked student in urban elementary classroomCommunities in Need of PPESchools
March 5, 2021

Adequate PPE to Reopen Schools Safely May Be Key To Minimize COVID Spread in the US

While there is widespread agreement that students learn better in in-person settings, there is much less agreement about how to bring about this outcome in the face of unequal resources during a pandemic, especially since some schools lack the adequate PPE to reopen safely.
PPE Shortage Briefing
March 4, 2021

PPE Shortage Briefing: N95 Exports Expose Ongoing Issues With PPE Supply Chain

Millions of N95 masks were exported earlier this year, while American healthcare workers risk their lives every day by reusing PPE, exposing issues in the PPE Supply Chain.
Get Us PPE Shortage Index January 2021 PDF coverPPE Data
February 23, 2021

January PPE Shortage Index: Increased Need, Prices Remain High

This month's Shortage Index shows healthcare workers still lack adequate PPE like N95 masks, nitrile gloves, and disinfectant wipes, leading healthcare workers to reuse N95 masks and gloves. Additionally, new data on PPE prices shows the price of N95 masks and nitrile gloves has shot up since the pandemic. 

Which items are in highest demand?

Our database of requests has identified significant needs for the following types of personal protective equipment:

N95 Respirators

These masks are critical for protecting frontline workers from infectious droplets and aerosols.

Surgical Masks

Although not as secure as N95 masks, surgical masks do offer a significant degree of protection against droplets with SARS-CoV-2.

Protective Goggles

Eyes and eyelashes are a known source of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, especially in aerosolizing procedures.

Gloves (Nitrile, Non Powdered)

Gloves are a critical item for hand protection, and are facing extreme shortages.

Face Shields

These assist in preventing droplets and airborne SARS-CoV-2 from entering eyes, a known source of transmission.

Wipes & Disinfectant

Wipes are critical for wiping down machinery, workspaces, computers and rooms after use.


These microporous suits are worn over clothing to minimize airborne and droplet transmission via clothing.


Booties are worn over shoes to eliminate floor contact. Useful in situations where sputum or other fluids on the floor may get carried around shoes.


Gowns cover the clothing, though not as effective as coveralls, can provide an additional layer of protection, especially when working directly with COVID-19 patients.

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How you can help

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Let our government know the PPE shortage crisis continues and action is needed. Call your senator now

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