400,000 Face Masks, Nearly 3,000 gallons of Sanitizer to be distributed to local businesses

EUREKA, Calif. (KIEM)-Mayor Susan Seaman stressed the importance of personal protective equipment in relation to businesses, their workers and their customers or patrons, in her weekly address. 

“Making sure our community members stay safe when they’re visiting or working in our local shops, offices, and restaurants is crucial to keeping COVID-19 in check,” said the City of Eureka’s mayor. “But, while many of our businesses are strained because of a decrease in sales due to COVID-19, they’re also burdened with additional costs to mitigate it, like Plexiglas barriers, hand washing stations, hand sanitation and masks.” 

To the Mayor Susan Seaman’s surprise, a designated partner with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services collaborated with the office of the small business advocate and stated Humboldt County would be receiving 400,000 face masks and nearly 3,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to distribute to local businesses, with under 50 employees, at no charge. 

“It took a collaborative network of local small business supporters to make sure those materials will be distributed throughout the County, and the City of Eureka stepped up to offer a place to store the materials and provide support for traffic management and transport for distribution,” she said.  

Businesses will receive a month’s worth of materials for each employee until supplies have exhausted.  

Each community will determine the most effective way to sort materials, but the majority will host distribution events on Wed. July 29. 

Businesses should attend the distribution site where their business is located. If the business is outside of the named areas, equipment can be collected at the site nearest the business.

Arcata/Blue Lake: The City of Arcata will host an event for people to pick up materials at the City Hall parking lot on Wednesday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call the city at 707-822-5955 with additional questions.

Eureka: Arcata Economic Development Corporation will host a drive-through distribution event at the Bayshore Mall on Wednesday, July 29 from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enter the mall parking lot through Bayshore Drive. For more information, call Susan Seaman at 798-6132 ext. 212

Ferndale: Ferndale Chamber of Commerce is distributing directly to their businesses beginning immediately. If you need more information, or to make a request, contact the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce at (707) 786-4477. 

Fortuna: Fortuna Business Improvement District will have a distribution event for materials on Wednesday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Monday Club. For more information call (707) 725-9261.

McKinleyville: McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce will hosting their distribution event at Azalea Hall next to Pierson Park on Wednesday, July 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Jesse at McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce (707)839-2449 or jesse@mckinleyvillechamber.com with questions.

Orick: Orick Chamber of Commerce will distribute directly to their businesses. If you need more information or to schedule a pick up call Donna Huffard at (707) 488-2885 

Rio Dell: The City of Rio Dell is distributing signs to their businesses about the importance of wearing masks and will take the PPE equipment at the same time. For information, call City Hall at (707)764-3532. 

Southern Humboldt: Materials will be distributed on the west side of Southern Humboldt at the Whitethorn Junction from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Southern Humboldt Chamber office will also have PPE for those not reached. For more information, email laura@shbvb.org or follow their social media at Humboldtbureau #shbvb. 

Trinidad: The Greater Trinidad Chamber of Commerce will be distributing PPE and sanitization supplies on Wednesday, July 29th from 10 AM to 3 PM, located outside Town Hall. Call Allie Jones at 707-677-1610 for questions. 

Willow Creek/Hoopa: Willow Creek will be delivering to businesses on Wednesday, July 29. For more information, or to arrange delivery, call Katie Strouse at (707) 616-8627 or email info@willowcreekchamber.com. 

AEDC learned about this project from a contact at 3CORE in Butte County who was asked to distribute to the state north of Sacramento. A partner through the California Finance Consortium, 3CORE reached out to AEDC who arranged to get materials to Humboldt, Lake and Mendocino Counties

More information can be found at the City of Eureka’s website or click here.