Our healthcare workers and first responders are in dire need of personal protective equipment (PPE). As of April 15, 2020, over 100 requests for PPEs have been registered in the DMV area alone. Using open-source designs and relying on donations and volunteers, we are manufacturing, assembling, coordinating and delivering face shields to healthcare workers in Maryland, DC and Virginia.
We are working in collaboration with local businesses with laser cutting technologies and volunteers who are dedicating time to manufacture, assemble, coordinate and deliver face shields to healthcare providers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Why Face Shields?
Face shields actively slow down the spread of infection among frontline workers
They are inexpensive to produce in large quantities
They extend the shelf life of masks, keeping them usable for longer
They act as a shield against coughs and sneezes from close proximity work
They can be used without masks as a barrier of protection
The Open Source Face Shield is a low cost, medical face shield designed to be quickly made using almost any flat material fabrication equipment (laser cutters, rule dies, drag knife, CNC punch, etc.), or even scissors and an office hole punch from any clear flexible material. It requires no hardware or 3D printed parts, just two pieces of flexible clear plastic and an elastic band.
SPEAR’s role in this initiative is to determine and confirm the need, raise funds, source and supply materials to laser workshops, coordinate work of volunteers who assemble and drop off the shields, and organize delivery to healthcare organizations.
Given social distancing requirements, here’s what the process looks like:
We purchase the materials and ship them directly to the workshops.
The workshops cut out the parts and place them in a designated area for pick up.
The parts are delivered to volunteers to be assemble into face shields.
The face shields are collected from a designated area and delivered to healthcare organizations in Maryland, DC and Virginia.
Other Ways to Help
Volunteer to drive or assemble face shields
Let us know if you have a direct relationship with suppliers of PPE materials that can provide materials at market cost
Request face shields for healthcare providers
To get in touch, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information.
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We are SPEAR: Standing Patrol for Emergency Assessment & Response
An advisory unit that provides rapid assistance to relief authorities in disaster-affected areas, our goal is to reduce deaths and human suffering through improved coordination of humanitarian action.
Launched in 2005 by The Conceptium Group and its founder R. Stefan Templeton, SPEAR’s mission is to rapidly assess the ground truth and to communicate it to relief authorities and emerging coordinative bodies. We strive to resolve humanitarian bottlenecks created by lack of verifiable information, excessive reporting time, and disconnect between the main actors in the field.
Working in close collaboration with local communities, companies, government actors, and private individuals we support relief operations by collecting and disseminating crucial information in critical times. Addressing the current epidemic of COVID-19, we will provide situation reports and guidance as new information becomes available.