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Polk EOC providing PPE to county first responders and healthcare agencies

Published on Mar 29, 2020

Bartow, Fla. (March 29, 2020) — Critical supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) are being  distributed by Polk County to hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, fire rescue and law enforcement agencies and organizations across the county. As of today, the Polk Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has received 312 resource requests from first responder and healthcare agencies across Polk.

“Polk County activated an emergency logistical warehouse to support COVID-19 response efforts countywide on March 20th,” said Emergency Management Director Paul Womble.

This warehouse, operated 24-hours a day by Polk County Parks & Natural Resources Division, allows the county to receive (PPE) from State and Federal partners, then quickly distribute these critical supplies to first responder and healthcare agencies.

“We have distributed thousands of pieces of critical personal protective equipment including N95 masks, surgical masks, gloves, gowns, eye shields, and thermometers,” Womble said.   
Some of the additional actions the county is taking include: 
• Providing important information to the 9-1-1 calls centers in Polk County to ensure they remain operational and keep our first responders safe;
• Working with community partners and social service agencies on their plans to provide feeding and other social and economic recovery services; and
• Working with community partners and County divisions to identify and obtain additional PPE and supplies.
Polk continues to relay these missions to the State EOC in Tallahassee to support response efforts throughout Polk County.  The Polk County (EOC) is activated at a Level 2 – Partial activation and operating seven days a week. Today marks day 14 of our activation.