Community Organizations Support Albuquerque Frontline Workers with Mask Donations

More than 3,500 masks donated to the Emergency Operations Center

April 22, 2020

The City of Albuquerque’s essential workers have numerous community organizations and individuals to thank for supporting their health and safety while still on the job during the COVID-19 emergency. To date, more than 3,500 homemade face masks have been donated to the City’s Emergency Operations Center.

“It is incredible to see Burqueños stepping up in so many ways to support others during this emergency,” stated Mayor Tim Keller. “We’re grateful to everyone who has donated masks, food, their time, and given back to their city in countless ways. This is the One Albuquerque spirit that demonstrates we can face any challenge together.”

One important function of Albuquerque’s Emergency Operations Center is to coordinate volunteers and donations to help the overall response efforts for any public emergency. Staff at the EOC has worked with numerous community organizations and individuals to ensure that frontline workers have critical safety equipment, such as face masks, to keep them safe while still on the job.

Hundreds of volunteers have stepped up to sew, wash, pack, and deliver around 3,500 masks to the EOC. In addition to individual donors, volunteers from CERT Volunteers, QueLabs, Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails Troop 7080, Mask Drive NM 2020, and Hip Stitch have all contributed to this overwhelming effort.

As mask donations are received by the EOC, they are inventoried and then distributed to the City’s essential workers, including those at APD, AFR, Transit, Solid Waste, and Parks and Recreation.

Anyone interested in donating to the Emergency Operations Center can call 505-244-8604.

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Emergencies challenge the delivery and management of emergency public information, warning and emergency protective action notifications. The Albuquerque Joint Information Center (JIC) functions as a coordinated Albuquerque Metro Area public information system that will gather and analyze data related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in New Mexico and serve as a source of accurate and comprehensive information.