How To Help
We're all in this together. In order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and ease the overload on our medical system, we must all do our part to help "flatten the curve". Stay at home unless going out for food or essential supplies. If you must go out, go alone or with your immediate family, and make sure to avoid crowds and maintain distance from other individuals. As always, use common sense measures to keep you and those around you safe. The following are recommended:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Do it regularly. If you don’t have access to water and soap, use a hand sanitizer.
- Practice safe social distances by avoiding close contact and crowds, including handshakes and selfies.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow to minimize the spread of germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes nose or mouth.
- If you don’t feel well, stay home for your protection and others.
Below you can find information on how you can contribute to our community to help our first responders, medical professionals, and individuals and families who have been impacted by this crisis.
- Donate blood. The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. Click here to learn more and schedule an appointment near you.
- Join the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), a force of dedicated and trained medical volunteers who assist in a public health emergency. The MRC has been activated in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and is recruiting active and retired health care professionals, medical students, and other interested volunteers. To learn more and register, click here.
- Donate medical supplies. If you would like to donate bulk medical supplies or equipment (not individual items or small qualities), please provide the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with details on what you are offering through its online medical supplies and equipment form.
- Volunteer and/or donate to local non-profit organizations.*
- Consider giving to the most critical volunteer and donation needs in Maryland, listed here.
- Click here to find Maryland voluntary organizations active in disaster.
- Here are resources to help you find opportunities to volunteer in your county or region.
- Visit Maryland’s Service and Volunteerism page to learn more about volunteering opportunities, guidelines for volunteers, and how to contribute from home.
*Please take note of the following to ensure that your contributions of goods, money, or time are most effective:
- Financial contributions are preferred. Cash donations help to avoid the labor and expense of sorting, packing, transporting, and distributing donated goods, and voluntary relief agencies use cash to meet victims’ specific needs more quickly.
- To prevent waste, donations of goods should be made only to agencies that have requested specific items. Get precise information about what items are needed before collecting any goods for donation.
- Before traveling to the disaster area to help, learn where and when your skills will be needed from your local volunteer connector.
- Review this guidance from the Federal Trade Commission on how to avoid charity scams and this site about scams related to the coronavirus.
For the Private Sector
- To donate or sell medical supplies to Maryland, reach out to the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).
- To donate or sell medical supplies to the U.S. Federal Government, reach out to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
- If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide details here on what you are offering.
- To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please submit a price quote under the COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies Request for Quotation. Full details can be found in the solicitation (Notice ID 70FA2020R00000011).
- This solicitation requires registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to be considered for award, pursuant to applicable regulations and guidelines. Registration information can be found at www.sam.gov. Registration must be “ACTIVE” at the time of award.
- To produce a product related to COVID-19 response, reach out to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
- If you are a private company that wants to produce a product related to the COVID response – email email@example.com.
- If you are interested in doing business with FEMA and supporting the response to COVID- 19 with your company’s non-medical goods and/or services, please submit your inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Procurement Action Innovative Response Team (PAIR) team at DHSIndustryLiaison@hq.dhs.gov.
- To import medical supplies (N95 masks, gowns, gloves) that may not be FDA compliant from other countries reach out to the FDA
- FDA instructions on importing PPE and other devices can be found here
- If there are questions or concerns, email COVID19FDAIMPORTINQUIRIES@fda.hhs.gov
- For FDA instructions on importing KN95 respirator masks, please see updated FDA guidance on pages 10-12 and email the information to CDRH-COVID19-SurgicalMasks@fda.hhs.gov