FODAC COVID-19 Response and Activities
April 22, 2020
FODAC’s current situation
FODAC closed its facility and thrift store to the public the week of March 16. However, staff is working behind the scenes to aid pandemic response efforts with local, state, and national emergency
response partners. FODAC’s support includes the assessment of thousands of warehoused medical items to prepare for stand-by and delivery. Our 35,000+ square foot warehouse is also serving as a
distribution center for our partners, companies and organizations that are donating critical supplies.
Below are some examples of response efforts in the past 6 weeks:
• Supported GEMA by providing nearly $1 million worth of mixed medical equipment including ventilators, CPAP’s, nebulizers, oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders, tracheotomy
supplies, hospital beds and personal protection equipment to be distributed across Georgia.
• Supplied 24 pallets of medical equipment and items to FEMA in support of field hospital setup in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
• Provided and delivered 3,000 N95 masks and hundreds of other personal protection items to
Grady Memorial Hospital for staff. The effort was covered by WSB-TV news and the AJC.
• Supported the efforts of GEMA and FEMA during the Grand Princess cruise ship evacuations at Dobbins Air Force Base. FODAC served on standby to meet any durable medical
equipment needs of quarantined passengers during their 14-day isolation.
• Meeting the ongoing needs of healthcare facilities across the southeast as requested by partners. Provided personal protection items to Piedmont Healthcare, Emory Healthcare,
Southern Regional Medical Center, Grady Memorial Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), Northside Hospital, along with local clinics.
• Actively engaged in weekly planning and response calls with GEMA and FEMA as a member of Georgia VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters), and as members of National
• On standby to support the needs at the Georgia World Congress Center which is being transformed into a temporary 300-bed hospital.
• Continuing to fill urgent requests from FODAC partners at CHOA, Grady Hospital, and other medical facilities to meet patient needs. Providing and delivering medical items weekly with
an average retail value of $7,500.
In regards to our response, we received this praise from Sarah Jackson, the Community Partnership
Manager for GEMA who said, “FODAC is considered an essential service during this COVID-19 crisis.”
Continuing to provide service to people with disabilities
Although our office is temporarily closed for appointments and walk-ins, we continue to provide
needed home medical equipment items to partners such as Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) and
healthcare facilities who can pick up items from our warehouse. The exception is delivering urgent
items to current hospital partners.you for your support!!
We have experienced a current loss of $58,000 due to a lack of thrift store sales and fundraising event disruption. The thrift store alone brings in an average of $29,000 per month to support operational costs. In addition, corporate and individual support is significantly down. We’ve continued to make payroll and have not made staff cuts at this time. We have applied for the Payroll Protection Program and are awaiting a response. Projections for the best-case scenario is a loss of income of $323,000 inthe next 6-12 months.
Chris Brand, President and CEO
Friends of Disabled Adults and Children