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When Supply Lagged, NAVSEA Metal Trades Shipyard Workers Stepped Up to Make Half-a-Million Masks for First Responders, Peers

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed a number of areas in which our nation is simply not prepared. Nowhere has this been more visible than in the workplace, where far too many men and women have been asked to do their jobs without the personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to keep themselves and those around them safe.

At the nations four naval shipyards, workers from multiple crafts joined together to fill the need for PPEs for first responders and their fellow workers. Using the fabric shops at the yards, employees have made between 15,000 and 20,000 masks per week, totaling more than 500,000 masks.

Hawaii Federal Employees MTC Code 970 Shop 64A Fabric Worker Cretian Au-Keli’ikoa shows off one of the thousands of masks that shop 64A produced for PHNSY & IMF workers. This effort will help curb the spread of COVID-19

NNSY making facemasks to further ensure the health and safety of workforce personnel, with a capacity to produce up to 900 daily. COVID-19-specific Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) have been distributed to the USS George H.W. Bush, USS Wyoming and USS San Francisco projects.

At Puget Sound, Sheri Vollmuth, a facilities manager, waits to drop off 83 masks Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at the Home Team PPE collection location in F Lot on Naval Base Kitstap, Wash. Vollmuth has made approximately 300 masks during the COVID-19 crisis so far. PSNS & IMF photo by Scott Hansen

Shop 64 fabric workers at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton make cloth masks and polycarbonate face shields that can be used to protect the workforce and provided to Naval Hospital Bremerton and local hospitals. Photo credit: Scott Hansen, PSNS & IMF

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Resources Available to Affected Member in the Pacific Northwest & California

Dozens of historic deadly wildfires continue to consume millions of acres in the west, especially in California, Oregon and Washington where in some cases entire towns have been destroyed and tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes.

Most evacuees have had to leave quickly with little advance notice, taking what few belongings they could. Thousands of homes and businesses have been incinerated. Weather conditions are improving, but the fire danger isn’t over. Wildfires are also burning in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.

The Metal Trades Department has compiled a list of resources for our members and employment partners. If you need additional assistance, contact your MTD General Representative.

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