News from the Municipality of Anchorage Emergency Operations Center

4/30/2020
Emergency Management

Anchorage, Alaska: The Municipality of Anchorage Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is taking orders for personal protective equipment (PPE) to be given to healthcare providers within the Municipality of Anchorage.  Healthcare providers are prioritized for receiving limited PPE, which includes health and long-term care facilities with confirmed in-patient cases of COVID-19. 

“We are releasing our ordering system for PPE to ensure all healthcare providers in the Municipality of Anchorage have the information," said Amanda Loach, Deputy Incident Commander, “We want to ensure that healthcare providers at highest risk for contracting COVID-19 from an ill patient are protected."

Available PPE is limited to the following items:

  • Disposable gowns                                
  • Gloves
  • Tyvek suits
  • Clear plastic face shields
  • Foot coverings
  • Head coverings
  • N95 masks of various models
  • Surgical masks
  • Cloth face coverings
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Infrared thermometers

Prioritization tiers are as follows:

Tier #1 

1. Medical facilities with the greatest number of confirmed in-patient cases
2. Long Term Care Facilities with confirmed in-patient cases

Tier #2 

3.  EMS, First Responders, and Non-Critical Transport staff who are transporting potential or confirmed cases
4. Healthcare workers carrying out support to medical facilities or long-term care facilities with potential or confirmed cases
5. Municipal-sanctioned contractors who have been tasked with the shelter, isolation, and quarantine missions.

Tier #3

6. Healthcare facilities working with potential COVID-19 positive cases
7. Congregate locations with potential or confirmed cases
8. All dental care agencies

Tier #4

9. All other requests for PPE will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Businesses requesting PPE should be prepared to answer a series of questions related to current PPE orders the business has pending, how long their current PPE may last them and what PPE conservation plans are in place.  A link to the ordering request process can be found here.

At this time, only healthcare providers are being prioritized for receiving PPE.  To order PPE, healthcare agencies can call (907) 343-1419 during the hours of 10:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday.  Placing an order does not guarantee fulfillment.

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