Xcel Energy donates protective face masks to local emergency management teams

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WKBT) – Xcel Energy is donating 20,000 protective surgical masks to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic in western Wisconsin.

“Xcel Energy is committed to our communities and doing our part to keep the places where we live and work safe and healthy,” Mark Stoering, president, Xcel Energy-Wisconsin. “We have been engaged with our local emergency management teams and this donation of surgical masks supports Gov. Evers’ personal protection equipment initiative as one way we can help safeguard medical professionals and support our communities’ response to the global pandemic. Our health care workers and first responders are serving on the front lines and deserve our debt of gratitude for all the work they are doing.”

“Keeping our health care workers and first responders safe is one of our top priorities, and there have been some challenges with supply and demand of personal protective equipment. This donation by Xcel Energy to our region will greatly aid our response efforts, and we are so grateful for their partnership and for all of our partners who are responding generously,” said Lieske Giese, Eau Claire City-County Health Department director.

The company will donate 10,000 to La Crosse County Emergency Management and 10,000 to Eau Claire City/County Health Department for distribution in their areas.

Xcel Energy stocks protective masks to help keep employees safe when working in situations such as heavy construction, dusty conditions, and wildfires. During this pandemic, employees will continue to use masks to protect themselves from exposure while they conduct certain activities to keep natural gas and electric operations going. Fortunately, the company has an adequate supply to meet employee needs and still donate some to aid area medical professionals.

Xcel Energy is also making plans to utilize hand sanitizer that is being made by local distilleries such as Chippewa River Distillery in Chippewa Falls, La Crosse Distillery in La Crosse, and 45th Parallel in New Richmond. These hand sanitizers will be provided to Xcel Energy employees doing ‘mission-critical’ work.