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Nevada City, CA July 15, 2020 – The County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services (OES) is offering local small business owners, with 25 employees or less, a 30-day supply of masks and hand sanitizer for each employee at no cost.  This personal protective equipment (PPE) has been made available to California small businesses through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) in collaboration with the Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA).

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Local organizations in Western Nevada County partnering to assist with distribution include the Economic Resource Council, Grass Valley Downtown Association, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Nevada County Realtors Association, Nevada County Tech Connection, Nevada Union Athletics, and Rotary International.

Fifteen pallets of PPE, including 2,600 gallons of hand sanitizer and 314,000 disposable surgical masks, have been delivered and will be distributed to the small business community on Tuesday, July 21 through Thursday, July 23 at the County’s former Corporation Yard near the Nevada County Airport.  PPE is enroute to Truckee and additional details will be provided soon for small businesses in Eastern Nevada County. 

“With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Nevada County, it is increasingly important that small business employees have the equipment they need to protect others and themselves. Thanks to CalOES, we are pleased to help distribute this PPE, which will help offset the cost that small businesses are shouldering to keep the community safe and their doors open,” says Paul Cummings, Nevada County OES Program Manager.

To request PPE, small business owners must complete an online application in advance in order to expedite the processing and distribution of PPE. Please use this link to apply: https://bit.ly/SmallBusinessPPERequestForm.

After completing the online PPE request form, small businesses should print the first page of their confirmation email to serve as a receipt. The printed receipt will be exchanged for the PPE. Small businesses may send a family member, volunteer, or employee as a proxy to pick up the protective equipment. OES recommends completing the form right away as this opportunity is available while supplies last, July 21-23.

OES seeks volunteers to assist with the distribution in Grass Valley. Folks willing to work a 3.5-hour shift should sign up online at Connecting Point’s Volunteer Hub here: https://bit.ly/PPEVolunteer.

Grass Valley Pickup Location:
Former County Corporation Yard
12548 Loma Rica Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Tuesday, July 21 -Thursday, July 23

9:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.

Questions for Western Nevada County pick up?
Contact: County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services
OES@co.nevada.ca.us530-557-5677