Obtaining PPE in COVID19

Review your business's COVID-19 operation plan along with your business's typical PPE needs to see what PPE is needed. Be sure to include employee needs as well as the needs of any potential visitors or customers based on your plan. Helpful Guidance for Procuring PPE from OABA

Mention: On May 22, USDA & FDA released prioritization of the food and agriculture industry guidance. The 1st priority is still to hospitals, healthcare, long-term care, and retirement establishments. It has named the Food and Agriculture Sector as the 2nd priority in the distribution of PPE. 
PPE Shortages for Nation's Food Supply Prioritization Guidance  | Procuring Guide

Distributor Lists:

Obtaining PPE and COVID19 Sanitation Supplies in Nebraska

The Materiel Division within the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services (DAS) is responsible for the purchase of goods and services on behalf of the State.  The State is leveraging the buying power of the State to supply needs for cities, counties, and local public health departments.  
 
It has been a partnership between DAS, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the Nebraska Army National Guard.  DHHS’s Division of Public Health works closely with local public health districts to understand the collective needs and prioritization of local health care providers.  Based on those needs, DAS procures needed supplies including N95 masks, surgical masks, gloves, and gowns in bulk. 
 
If you are a procurement representative from a Nebraska city or county and would like more information on how you can leverage the State’s procurement solutions, please contact DAS’s Materiel Division at as.materiel@nebraska.gov or 402-471-6500. Press Release

Both NGFA and AFIA have been working to get the above list for our industry. More information on how this was accomplished is below. 
 

For the past several weeks, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), through the Food and Agriculture Sector Coordinating Council, has been working intensely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA and FEMA’s Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force to prioritize the food and agriculture sector’s needs and access to available PPE, as well as disinfectants and sanitation supplies. These supplies are critical to protecting the health and safety of employees within the sector and to retain consumer confidence.


Thank you to President Randy Gordon of National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) for his work on the FASCC council and this council's work to make sure our businesses in the food and feed industry continue to operate during this time of COVID19. Their letter is below. More info about the Food and Agriculture Sector Coordinating Council


To:    Food and Agriculture Sector Coordinating Council (FASCC)

RE:  Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for Food and Agriculture Sector

For the past several weeks, we have been working intensely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the FEMA Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force to prioritize the needs of the food and agriculture sector for access to available personal protection equipment (PPE), as well as disinfectants and sanitation supplies, to protect the health and safety of employees within the sector and to retain consumer confidence.

Today, we are pleased to report that the discussions with the Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force have resulted in its identification of the attached list of distributors (with contact information provided) that have or soon will have significant quantities of PPE available, including non-medical-grade facemasks (including cloth masks).  These distributors are prepared to receive requests from entities within the food and agriculture sector that have an immediate need for PPE that cannot be satisfied through their existing distributors. 

Private-sector associations that participate in the FASCC are welcome to broadly distribute this message verbatim, as well as the attached list of distributors, to your members as you see fit.  Individual companies that are members of the FASCC also are welcome to make use of this list as warranted by your needs for PPE.

Importantly, some of your associations’ members – or individual companies participating in the FASCC – already may have agreements in place with one or more of these distributors. If so, we encourage them to reach out to their existing points of contact to explore options that may be available to meet their immediate and future needs, recognizing that doing so may necessitate having agreements with multiple distributors. We understand that the FEMA Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force is in frequent dialogue with these distributors and has urged prioritization of food and agriculture sector needs immediately behind the health care and medical sector whenever possible.

In a separate but related effort, we have worked on a prioritization document that is intended to provide a framework for both members of the food and agriculture sector and distributors that provide PPE, disinfectants and sanitation supplies. We are in the process of exploring ways to get that document issued through official channels and will keep you posted.  We will continue to promote within the federal government prioritization of PPE, disinfectants and sanitation supplies for the food and agriculture sector, and explore options available through existing emergency-management processes, as well as the parallel efforts of the FEMA Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force.  

Thank you and those you represent for your continued commitment and efforts to maintain the operational status of critical infrastructure-designated facilities within the food and agriculture sector, while also maintaining the health and safety of your employees and workplaces as we work together to support a whole of America approach to ensure the food supply chain remains safe, secure and resilient – and continues to meet the needs of consumers – during the COVID-19 national emergency.

Sincerely,

Clay Detlefsen                                                         
Chair                                                                           
Sector Coordinating Council                                     
Food and Agriculture Sector                                     

Senior Vice President, Regulatory                           
and Environmental Affairs                                       
National Milk Producers Federation     

Randy Gordon                                                                                
Vice-Chair                                                                
Sector Coordinating Council                                      
Food and Agriculture Sector                                       

President and CEO                                                      
National Grain and Feed Association                    

LeeAnne Jackson, Ph.D.
Co-Chair
Government Coordinating Council
Food and Agriculture Sector 

Health Science Policy Advisor
Center for Food Safety and Applied
Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration

Michelle Colby, DVM, M.S.
Co-Chair
Government Coordinating Council
Food and Agriculture Sector

Chief, National Security Division
Office of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Agriculture