Frequently Asked Questions
Because Get Us PPE has wrapped up operations, you’ll find that some of our FAQ answers have been updated below.
To support the mission of getting personal protective equipment to those who need it, please consider donating to one of our partner organizations below:
Afya Foundation improves healthcare delivery in underserved communities around the world by coordinating with local medical professionals on the ground and facilitating customized shipments of rescued surplus medical supplies and equipment that improve local health systems.
Helping Hands LA believes all seniors should have access to the resources that they are entitled to through their community, insurance, local nonprofit organizations or service for our country.
Project N95 is the National Clearinghouse for personal protective equipment and COVID-19 tests. They work to protect communities and the people who live and work in them by providing equitable access to the resources they need to stay safe through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Restart Partners mission is saving lives and livelihoods through science, data and policy that empowers communities with evidence-based tools to protect the most vulnerable, increase public trust and enable all sectors of the economy to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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
- Face Shields
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.
- 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
- 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
- Ali S. Raja, MD // Co-Founder
Where do I send my PPE donations?
Since Get Us PPE has ceased operations, please see list at top of page for organizations why may still be accepting donations of PPE. Tjhank you for continuing to support the mission to get PPE to those who need it most.
Are you collecting financial donations?
Get Us PPE ceased fundraising operations on July 2, 2021. We are grateful for every contribution that helped our volunteer-founded organization obtain PPE via donations and makers, then deliver it to under-resourced facilities at no cost to them. Fair and equitable distribution was vital to our mission.
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?
After July 2, 2021 if you still have need for low or no-cost PPE, we encourage you to reference this comprehensive list of PPE resources organized by state.
If you are looking to purchase from a supplier, please visit our partner’s website of vetted suppliers.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org