On Aug. 28, industrial supply and safety product distributor Airgas announced it will donate the surplus personal protective equipment it obtained during the COVID-19 pandemic to local emergency preparedness and disaster response organizations throughout the United States.
These donations include face coverings, disposable gloves, and protective covers that can be used in local emergency or disaster recovery efforts. The PPE items will be available to be used in response to emergencies or natural disasters like wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and flooding, Airgas officials said in a news release.
Airgas, which is owned by Paris, France-based Air Liquide, coordinated with FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center who identified and connected Airgas with local aid organizations in their network. In addition, Airgas teams in Hawaii are actively coordinating local product donations in response to the recent fires on Maui.
Over the last few months, Airgas associates throughout the national Distribution Center network prepared, packaged, loaded and delivered these supplies to each of the recipients.
The Airgas donation recipients include:
- COPE Preparedness — Chatsworth, California
- Biguns Hope Disaster Response — Milton, Florida
- Crossroad Alliance — Ocala, Florida
- Reach Out America — St. Louis, Missouri
- 180 Disaster Relief — Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Joy in Life — Henryetta, Oklahoma
- Spokes of Hope — Longs, South Carolina
Airgas is No. 5 industrial distributor on MDM’s 2023 Top Distributors list. The company also ranked among the top gases and welding equipment distributors, and safety distributors.