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Emergency Preparedness: 11 Ways to Keep Your Community Safe

Emergency Preparedness: 11 Ways to Protect Your Community

Are You Prepared For An Emergency?

June 1 marked the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season (though Subtropical Storm Andrea kicked off the season early). The eastern Pacific hurricane season began in mid-May. Hurricanes are not your only threat—rain, snow, ice, tornados, earthquakes, and fires can also cause significant damage and concern year-round.

Your organization likely has an emergency plan in place to keep your staff, structures, and residents safe, but it doesn’t hurt to review the essentials and make sure you have the right items on hand.

Care Purchasing Services (CPS) partners with a wide range of vendors to help you prepare for, respond to, and recover from any type of emergency.

☐ Emergency Communications (1)

Sprint Business

Sprint’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) Go-Kit™ allows your organization to respond quickly to life-threatening crises with a cache of phones, mobile broadband cards, and active hotspots to use during emergencies, preparedness drills, or preplanned events.

Sprint’s end-to-end emergency services include:

  • On-site technical services
  • Equipment and planning training
  • Devices and mobile broadband cards
  • Deployable and fixed satellite communications solutions

☐ Emergency Facilities Supplies (2)

Direct Supply

Direct Supply has a number of products to meet your disaster supply needs, including extreme heat and fires, floods and hurricanes, infectious diseases, power outages, and tornados.

View Direct Supply Emergency & Disaster Preparedness Product List

HD Supply

HD Supply’s large selection of emergency supplies can you help you prepare for a hurricane, stay informed during a hurricane watch, and help you with cleanup once the hurricane has passed.

View HD Supply Hurricane Preparedness Flyer

The Home Depot Pro™

Stock your emergency supplies with The Home Depot Pro and make sure your organization is prepared for severe weather and for aftermath cleanup, including post-emergency replacements.

View The Home Depot Pro Severe Weather Prep Checklist

☐ Emergency Meals (3)

Oregon Freeze Dry Easy Meal

Easy Meal (OFD Foods) emergency food supply kits are an easy way to meet state requirements and secure your emergency food supply needs for the next 10 years. Easy Meal is a cost-effective solution to providing meals for large groups of people. Their kits are easy to store, easy to prepare, easy to love, and easy to approve.

☐ Emergency Medical Supplies and Equipment (4)

McKesson Medical-Surgical

McKesson’s Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan is in place in the event of a natural or man-made disaster, and they are prepared to act quickly and efficiently in a crisis. McKesson will prioritize and allocate the delivery of critical customer shipments utilizing all transportation resources available.

Medline Industries, Inc.

Medline’s Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan for the continued availability of essential medical and surgical supplies provides guidance for clients who are developing their own response plan and includes a disaster preparedness checklist, which includes pre- and post-event recommendations.


MediLogix provides on-demand rental beds for your emergency needs. Call MediLogix Customer Care at 1-855-633-4564.

☐ Emergency Power (5)

Generac Industrial Power

Generac provides solutions for your emergency power needs with standby generators and can help you improve regulatory compliance when it comes to emergency preparedness. View CPS-Generac Flyer

Review Generac’s post on Surviving Hurricanes 2019

☐ Emergency Remediation and Restoration Services (6)


ACT provides comprehensive disaster restoration and pre-event planning for CPS clients, including:

  • 24/7/365 toll-free call center
  • Immediate response for water, fire, and restoration needs
  • Pre-event disaster planning
  • Customized “readiness plans” for each property

Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and fire damage are some of the topics ACT covers in their Webinars.


ServPro is a new CPS vendor partner for emergency cleaning and restoration services.


Grind-All can repair and restore your walkways in the event of damage to concrete caused by earthquakes, hurricanes, snow or ice, and wear and tear.

Cornerstone Renovation Group

Cornerstone has equipment and commercial crews to assist immediately if your property sustains damage that requires large-scale drying or repairs due to a hurricane or storm.

☐ Emergency Water Heater (7)


Ferguson 24/7 Express Response Commercial Water Heater Delivery is on stand-by in select cities across the country, day and night, should your commercial-grade water heater fail.

Ferguson also provides Emergency Preparedness Guides in their Ideas & Learning Center.

☐ Fire Sprinklers and Alarms (8)

Fire & Life Safety America (FLSA)

With experienced, dedicated, and well-trained employees, Fire & Life Safety America (FLSA) provides CPS clients with a comprehensive fire protection solution that provides peace of mind when it comes to emergencies.

  • Inspection services
  • Ongoing maintenance support and repair services
  • Renovations, retrofits, and new installations
  • Emergency service 24/7/365
Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls Fire Protection (formerly SimplexGrinnell) brings fire & life safety services to CPS clients to help ensure compliance with national, state/province, and local codes and standards.

  • 24/7 national customer service support
  • Priority scheduling of inspections
  • Maintenance options to include system repair service
  • Online inspection records and reporting

☐ First Aid and Safety (9)


Unforeseen incidents can unfortunately happen during emergencies. Cintas can help you prepare by stocking your community with first aid supplies, safety supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE), and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). View Cintas First Aid & Safety Flyer

☐ Hazard Communication (10)


MSDSonline’s HQ Account can make it easier for you to track, manage, and report on hazardous chemicals and provide employee access to your cloud-based safety data sheet library.

☐ Water Testing and Remediation (11)


LiquiTech can help with water preventative maintenance, ongoing testing and validation, and in the event of a waterborne disease outbreak, LiquiTech can gain control of bacteria within 48 hours.

Hurricane season is here but other types of emergencies could also present a threat to your community. Contact CPS to address your emergency needs or to find out more about the vetted vendors CPS has partnered with to help with any type of emergency situation.

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Care Purchasing Services (CPS) connects organizations to hundreds of carefully vetted vendors in plant operations, food service, medical supplies, therapy, pharmacy, and more. Through its extensive network of vendor partners, CPS provides value-added programs to thousands of communities nationwide, helping them improve their operations with measurable results.