FEMA is placing a contract to have up to 6,000,000 "autoclavable" cotton blankets available for emergency distribution. They have a requirement for a maximum 4 hour order response time.
The requirement that the blankets be "autoclavable" are a strong indication that these blankets are for medical use. Given recent government ordering trends, this is likely further preparation for the government's expected H7N9 bird flu pandemic. We believe that the risk of such a pandemic is low, but the impact may be staggeringly high.
The information for this order may be found at the following federal solicitations.
HSFE70-13-R-0034 and its update, # HSFE70-13-R-007
The blankets will be reportedly staged at the following locations:
DISTRIBUTION CENTERS (DCs) FOR THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
3780 South Side
Atlanta, GA 30354
DC Fort Worth
Fort Worth Federal Center
501 W Felix St.
Fort Worth, TX 76115
4420 Buckeystown Pike
Frederick, MD 21704
NASA Ames Research Center (ARC)
Building 144, Door #7
Moffett Field, CA 9403
11601 PPG Road
Cumberland, MD 21502
Any CONUS Location TBD
DC Caribbean-Puerto Rico
Maunabo Warehouse Carretera # 3 Barrio Vista Alegre
Salide para Yabucoa (La Pica) Maunabo, Puerto Rico 00707 POC:
Barrigada, GU 96913
99-1269 Iwaena St
Aiea, HI 96701
Any OCONUS Location TBD