COVID-19 Response Resources & Information

Below is the latest guidance from various government agencies including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Note that NCTO has no additional information than what is provided by the government through the websites listed below. Further, due to the overwhelming demand for information and NCTO’s limited staff capacity, NCTO will not be able to respond to any follow-up inquires you may have in this matter.

 Resources for procuring medical supplies and PPE 

In addition to the resources provided below, hospitals or healthcare providers in need of medical supplies, are encouraged to contact their state, local, tribal or territory department of public health and/or emergency management agency.

  • NCTO has compiled production information for textile-related finished goods and inputs to develop an extensive directory of manufacturers and suppliers of products and materials needed to combat the current COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about this initiative and access this directory, please use the following link: COVID-19 Response Textile-Related Supply & PPE Database
  • COVID-19.ManufacturersMarketplace.US | Use this tool to search for your specific needs to get a list of suppliers who can provide what you need. Only the items listed on the FEMA and CDC websites are listed in the tool. Please note that suppliers are being added daily and if you do not find exactly what you are looking for, please let us know so we can make sure we help you get what you need. Also, it may be helpful to try your search again on another day.
  • Allies Against COVID-19 | A directory of domestic nonwoven PPE product and input producers by the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry.

 Resources & Support for PPE Conversion for All Manufacturers 

NCTO and Gerber Technology are collaborating on the PPE initiative, combining NCTO’s access to the domestic textile industry with Gerber’s vast install base and resources for apparel and PPE manufacturing in the US.

  • Resources to support the conversion to PPE production are available for all manufacturers interested.  Please go to the following site for a collection of free blueprints for mask design, gowns and other PPE products, as we well as useful Q&A and support: Gerber PPE Task Force Resources

 To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government 

  • For ongoing information on government contracts please check regularly
  • Solicitations require registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to be considered for award, pursuant to applicable regulations and guidelines. Registration information can be found at  Registration must be “ACTIVE” at the time of award.

*Please note that many of these sites contain notices of recent updates. Please be sure to pay close attention for such notices and click where prompted to find the most up-to-date information.

 To donate medical supplies or equipment to FEMA 

If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, use this link:

 To offer non-medical goods and/or services to FEMA 

If you are interested in doing business with FEMA and supporting the response to COVID-19 with your company’s non-medical goods and/or services, submit your inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Procurement Action Innovative Response Team (PAIR) team at

 CDC product specifications 

Anyone proposing to sell Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to the federal government should follow the guidance listed above.

 Textile Industry PPE Response Blog Coverage 

Access coverage on industry efforts to respond to the COVID-19 PPE shortage at NCTO blog: Textiles in the News

 Reopening Guidelines 

CDC Guidelines

U.S. Chamber State by State Guidelines

 Additional Links 

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)



  • COVID Courage | Putting PPE in the hands of NYC’s frontline. Contact to make tax deductible donations of PPE to NYC health facilities.

The COVID Network by Helena

  • Suppliers can access an interactive tool to respond directly to healthcare facilities’ requests for aid: The COVID Network

Department of Defense

Department of Labor

NC State Wilson School of Textiles

Small Business Administration | Coronavirus Relief Programs

U.S. Treasury Department | Coronavirus Relief Efforts

Last updated August 17, 2020