Frequently Asked Questions

Please note that Get Us PPE will continue delivering PPE through Friday July 2, 2021.

Learn more about this decision.

Due to Get Us PPE’s current timeline for wrapping up operations, you’ll find that some of our FAQ answers have been updated below.

General FAQ


How can I help?

An easy, impactful way to help is to get the word out to your friends, family, and coworkers is to follow and share us widely on social media. We are on Twitter (@getusppe), Facebook (getusppe.org), Instagram (@getusppe), YouTube (Get Us PPE), and LinkedIn (getusppe.org).

Here are some other ways you can help:

 

  • Donate supplies from businesses and individuals, or make them with our handy guides. If you have PPE to donate, please visit the Give page. The top of the page lists links for different types of donors. Please select the option that applies best, and you will be directed to the next steps to register your donation.
  • Encourage healthcare institutions to register their PPE need. On our site, they can easily register or update their request for PPE with a single intake form
  • Make PPE. Makers and fabricators can register to get access to medically and technically reviewed, open sources designs for PPE. To get started, please review instructions, join the maker force, and start making. Designs for additional types of PPE are continually being added as they are reviewed.


Can we collaborate?

We thank you for your interest! At this time we are not entering into new partnerships as we wind down our PPE operations. To learn more about how we have collaborated with other like-minded individuals and organizations, please visit our Partners page.


What is PPE?

PPE means Personal Protective Equipment and can vary depending on the environment, contagion, etc. In the case of COVID-19, PPE helps protect healthcare workers from exposure to the virus that causes the disease. Some examples include:

  • N95 Respirators
  • Surgical Masks
  • Protective Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Face Shields
  • Coveralls
  • Gowns
  • Booties
  • Wipes


Who are the founders of Get Us PPE?

Get Us PPE was founded by a team of Emergency Department physicians from across the nation who saw first-hand the need for Personal Protective Equipment as they worked with more and more patients affected by COVID-19.

Co-Founder Bios:

          • Ali S. Raja, MD // Co-Founder
            Executive Vice Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
            Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Radiology, Harvard Medical School
            Executive Director, HMS Library of Evidence
            Editor-in-Chief, NEJM Journal Watch Emergency Medicine
          • Esther Choo, MD, MPH // Co-Founder
            Associate Professor, Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University
            Emergency Department Physician, Oregon Health & Science University
            Co-founder, Equity Quotient
            Founding Member and Strategic Lead, TIME’S UP Healthcare
          • Jeremy S. Faust, MD, MS, MA // Co-Founder
            Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine Division of Health Policy and Public Health, Harvard Medical School
            Editor-in-chief of Brief19, ACEP Now, and cohost of FOAMcast
          • Megan Ranney, MD, MPH // Co-Founder and Organizational Lead
            Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Brown University
            Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University
            Founding Director, Brown Emergency Digital Health Innovation (EDHI) program
            Chief Research Officer, American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine
          • Shuhan He, MD // Founder and Medical Lead
            Emergency Medicine Physician
            Associate Director of Digital Growth Strategy, Strategic Alliance Initiative, Center for Innovation in Digital HealthCare
            Founder, ConductScience.com
          • Val Griffeth, MD, PhD // Co-Founder
            Critical Care Fellow, Department of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University
            Clinical Associate, Department of Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University
            Emergency Physician, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center

Donations FAQ

Please note that Get Us PPE will be ceasing PPE deliveries by Friday July 2, 2021. We are currently distributing our remaining donated inventory that best matches the existing requests in our database and cannot guarantee that we will be able to match new donations at this time.


Where do I send my PPE donations?

Due to overwhelmingly generous donations received recently, our Fulfillment Team has currently reached its donation processing capacity for most PPE types. We invite you to consider other organizations as recipients of your donations unless:

  • You are offering PPE types that remain listed on our donation form
  • You are able to cover the cost of shipping to multiple individual recipients
  • You believe Get Us PPE is uniquely suited to distributing your donation

If you choose to make a donation, visit our Give PPE page and fill out the donation form. Please include any information that may help us distribute your gift quickly in the “Is there anything else we should know?” field. We will have someone follow up with you as quickly as we can. Thank you.


Are you collecting financial donations?

Get Us PPE is a volunteer-founded organization and we are grateful for all of our past and current donor’s generosity. As a nonprofit, we have obtained PPE via donations and makers, then deliver it to under-resourced facilities at no cost to them. Fair and equitable distribution has been vital to our mission.

All funds contributed via our Donate page or other methods have gone and continue to go towards supporting our work of equitably distributing donated PPE to those who need it. Contributions will be allocated where they are most needed, including toward funding PPE purchases, coordination or pickup of donations, and infrastructure development. We will cease fundraising operations that support the delivery of PPE on July 2, 2021.


I want to donate material to makers to create PPE. How can I do that?

Thank you for your interest in helping makers! To learn more about how you can help the maker community now and in the future, please see the form on our Give PPE page.


Medical, Health, and Social Services Facilities FAQ


How do I request PPE donations for my facility?

We know it’s critical that frontline workers receive the PPE they need. 

Get Us PPE is the largest national organization getting personal protective equipment (PPE such as masks, gloves, and isolation gowns) to frontline workers who need it most. As a nonprofit, we obtain PPE via donations and makers, then deliver it to under-resourced facilities at no cost to them. Fair and equitable distribution is vital to our mission.

To request donated supplies, please enter your information on our Request PPE page.

Please note that Get Us PPE will be ceasing PPE deliveries by Friday July 2, 2021. For more information on this decision, visit About Us

After July 2, 2021 if you still have need for low or no-cost PPE, we encourage you to reference our website for alternative sources of PPE.

If you are looking to purchase from a supplier, please visit our partner’s website of vetted suppliers.

We can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to find donations to fulfill the needs of every provider. We very much wish that we could, and our supply-demand matching team is working around the clock to address shortages wherever they can. Registering your need will get you one step closer to us finding you a PPE match.


I see an error in my PPE donation request. How do I correct it? How do I update my PPE request?

If you would like to make a correction to data you submitted, or update a previously submitted PPE request, please update your existing PPE request. This link is also found on our Request page.


I don’t see my facility category listed. Can I request donations?

We recommend that you submit your request for PPE donations and select the facility type that seems most relevant or select “Other”.


I am an individual healthcare worker. Can you supply PPE to me directly?

Thank you for your outreach and for your critical work on the frontlines! Individual healthcare workers can request PPE using our Request form. Please select the option that indicates you are requesting on behalf of yourself. 


Makers FAQ

Please note that Get Us PPE will be ceasing PPE deliveries by Friday July 2, 2021. We are currently distributing our remaining donated inventory that best matches the existing requests in our database and cannot guarantee that we will be able to match new donations at this time. You can still find project plans for making PPE in our Make PPE section.


Do you accept cloth masks?

Yes, there are several facilities that are accepting cloth masks. Feel free to take a look at our resource for cloth masks.

If you have PPE to donate, please visit our Give PPE page and complete the form to let us know the PPE you want to donate and how to reach you for pick-up and coordination. We use our database to provide a matching service to connect donor PPE with a recipient in need. Our all-volunteer Match Team will follow-up with you via email as soon as they can to assist you in identifying locations that are in need of your specific donation items.


I am a maker who wants to make. What should I do?

Thanks for your interest in making critical PPE to protect frontline workers in the COVID-19 crisis! We are grateful for your interest. Visit our Make PPE page to review instructions and get project plans for several types of PPE you can make.

 

Do you offer financial support for makers?

We appreciate all the ways in which the makers have stepped up during this crisis and understand that the length of the crisis has really put a strain on makers. We have a General Maker Grant Application that can be found part way down on our Make PPE page, or go directly to the grant.

Again, thank you for the tireless dedication to helping people stay safe.

 

I want to donate material to makers to create PPE. How can I do that?

Thank you for your interest in helping makers! To donate materials for makers to make, please see the form on our Give PPE page.

 

I have a great idea for how to make a piece of PPE or improve a PPE design. Can you review it?

If you have a 3D-printed or additive-manufacturing design, we welcome you to submit it for review at America Makes for NIH. America Makes has joined forces with the FDA, NIH, and VA to leverage their public health and safety expertise to deliver safe PPE.

If you have a non-3D printed design, we welcome you to submit design ideas for technical review with Open Source Medical Supplies (OSMS) here.

We have partnered with Open Source Medical Supplies (OSMS) to evaluate, design, validate, and source the fabrication of open source emergency medical supplies around the world, given a variety of local supply conditions.

Open source designs are being medically and technically reviewed and documented with our healthcare worker’s safety as the number one priority. As designs are vetted by medical experts, they will be added to our Makers section of our website to empower Makers and Fabricators to craft open-source alternatives that have the best chance of utility in the hospital setting.

Please note that reviewing your design may take some time due to the sheer volume of new designs OSMS is receiving. Thank you for your patience!

More maker resources: Review instructions, join the maker force, and start making at our Make PPE page.


I need supplies to make these things! Is anyone donating supplies or giving discounts?

Many suppliers are looking to support the maker community through donations and discounts. Please see our list of suppliers and their offers.


Suppliers FAQ


I am a manufacturer, supplier, or distributor (or connected with one) and would like to sell PPE.

Our focus is on helping enable PPE donations to those who need it most. If you are looking to sell PPE, we suggest that manufacturers, suppliers, sellers, and distributors contact our partner Project N95. Project N95 is coordinating all efforts to vet and link suppliers with the right facilities.

If you’d like to donate PPE, please visit our Give PPE page. You will be directed to fill out the form on this page and we will be happy to help with pick-up and delivery logistics. We are also always interested in donations of logistical assistance, such as warehousing, kitting, and last-mile transportation. If you would like to donate logistical assistance, please email us at info@GetUsPPE.org.


If you have urgent questions about PPE and don’t know where to go,
please call the National PPE Coalition hotline: 1.855.904.3506

To reach Get Us PPE, email us at info@getusppe.org