PPE Unite FAQs


Here you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding the PPE Unite program for workplace safety.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is needed to sign up and how complicated is the process?
A: Our goal with the PPE Unite program is to make the sign up process as easy and frictionless as possible so that we may serve as many county small businesses and organizations as we can. It's as simple as completing a short form with self-attestation about your business and then scheduling a time slot to pick up your PPE. That's it! 

Q: What kind of PPE is available?
A:  Available PPE may include N95 respirators, KN95 masks, disposable 3-ply face masks, hand sanitizer, or face shields for each employee. Supplies are limited, and on a first come, first serve basis. Sign up here

Q: How much is available?
A: PPE supplies are procured in set quantities and limited on a first come, first serve basis. 

Q: What can the PPE I receive be used for?
A: The PPE given to small businesses is to be distributed and used amongst the staff and employees to ensure a safe work environment and to abide by local and state health safety guidelines. Use of the PPE should comply with applicable local health department and CDC guidelines and recommendations. Resale or redistribution of the PPE is strictly prohibited.

Q: What types of businesses and organizations are eligible?
A: Small businesses, nonprofits and organizations operating as a sole proprietor, partnerships, LLC, C or S-Corp, or micro-enterprises are eligible.

Q: Are nonprofits eligible?
A: Yes, nonprofits are eligible for the PPE Unite program.

Q: What PPE is required for my business?
A: The County of Department of Public Health, CDC, and public health officials recommend frequent hand washing with soap and water, use of face coverings for employees and customers, and use of Hand Sanitizer in between hand washing. Face Shields are recommended for employees who operate with general public interaction, like restaurants, to provide additional protection and safety.

Q: Who can help my business?
A: The PPE Unite program partners have additional resources to help your business here. Some available resources include: Small Business no-cost business advising, Small Business Disaster Relief Center, and Grants and Loans are available. 

Q: How does PPE Unite get PPE?  
A: The 30 days of PPE has been initially provided by the State of California, through our partners 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). The PPE Unite program also expanded to procure its own supplies for the program, receives County contributions, and takes donations in order to support our PPE distribution efforts.

Q: How can I or my organization help PPE Unite?
A: Yes! Help spread the word and let other small businesses and organizations know about the program. The PPE Unite program also takes volunteers and accepts donations in order to support our PPE distribution efforts.

Q: If I applied and received PPE, can I apply again?
A: Recipients are allowed to pick up PPE supplies, regardless of location, through this program only once in the current year. In order to provide PPE to as many small businesses and organizations as possible, we encourage recipients to re-book for additional PPE only when when given permission in order to ensure that we have adequate supplies for those who have never received them. From time to time, we will notify your business or organization as additional resources become available. This is not a monthly renewal program.

Q: Can I change my application after it’s been submitted?
A: No, you cannot change the application once it’s been submitted.  It is recommended before submitting the online form, write down their answers in a separate backup document. Your work may not be saved if you leave the web page before submitting the application. You may also lose your work if your internet is disconnected, or as a result of other potential web browser issues. We cannot accept changes to your application once it has been submitted, so please review it carefully.

Q: Are women-owned and/or diverse-owned businesses encouraged to sign up for PPE?
A: Through its partners, the PPE Unite program is committed to inclusion, and strongly encourage women, veteran, and diverse owned small businesses and organizations to apply. We are actively reaching out to and connecting diverse businesses and communities for this effort.


Program Rules

Who Is Eligible

  • You must operate a small business, nonprofit, or organization with 100 employees or less.

  • Your business must be located in an eligible County.

  • You must operate as a sole proprietor, partnership, LLC, S or C-Corp, or micro-enterprises.

  • You must not have picked up supplies before. All eligible organizations are able to receive only a one-time supply.

PPE Use & Compliance