Mayor Barrett writes letter to FEMA asking for personal protection equipment, other supplies quickly

Posted at 4:58 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 17:58:43-04

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expedite the process of supplies to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter to FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor, the mayor says he supports Governor Evers' request for increased laboratory testing supplies as well as personal protective equipment (PPE). Specifically, PPE for first responders and health care workers.

"Our first responders and health care workers are at the mercy of the current dwindling PPE inventory across the State of Wisconsin and especially locally in the Milwaukee area," Mayor Barrett wrote.

The items requested include testing supplies for UW Hospital and Children's Wisconsin as well as a medical PPE from the Department of Health Services. More than 62,000 respirators, 34,000 face shields, and 20,000 hospital gowns are requested in the letter.

Read the full letter below:

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