Grant to fund more PPE for Canadian County

Nearly $9K purchased for emergency services, cities, schools

Canadian County Emergency Management Director Andrew Skidmore

By Conrad Dudderar

Senior Staff Writer

EL RENO – Canadian County Emergency Management is seeking an $8,900 grant to pay for more personal protective equipment due to COVID-19.

Canadian County is eligible for added CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) PPE reimbursement funding.

“The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security have secured additional funds through the CARES Act,” Canadian County Emergency Manager Andrew Skidmore explained at the Dec. 14th county commissioners’ meeting.

Skidmore faces a Dec. 18 deadline to purchase the PPE and submit documentation to be eligible for 100% reimbursement.

The emergency management director bought about $8,900 worth of PPE which has been “stored away downstairs by lock and key” at the Canadian County Emergency Management Office, 201 N Choctaw.

This new supply includes: K95 surgical masks, Lysol wipes, hand-sanitizer pumps, gowns, and gloves (of all sizes).

These items will benefit Canadian County schools, municipalities, law enforcement agencies, and emergency service departments.

Roughly $1 million was available to local, county and tribal governments across Oklahoma to buy the PPE, Skidmore explained.

“We are allotted $13,000 and our supplier was able to get us around $8,900,” he told county commissioners. “We got everything we could.”

While this agreement provides PPE for “emergency services” in Canadian County, Skidmore plans to provide any leftover equipment to other county offices.



In other business at their Dec. 14th meeting, Canadian County Commissioners approved:

  • Awarding a $10,000 quote to Southwest Sod Farms for “sod laid in place” in District 1. A second quote was for more than $20,300.
  • Awarding a $44,200 bid to Kansas Highway Patrol for two, 2019 or newer Dodge Charger vehicles. A second bidder had a lower price but didn’t meet specifications.
  • Tabling action on a bid for roofing repairs at the county health department building in El Reno. Four bids were opened ranging from $71,731 to $152,000.

Meanwhile, Canadian County jail administrator Kristie Carter reported there were 178 inmates “in house” at the county jail in El Reno.

Sixteen prisoners are staying in other counties and some 21 inmates await transport to the state Department of Corrections.

The numbers being housed in other counties have increased because of the need to quarantine and isolate Canadian County inmates testing positive for COVID-19, Carter explained.