By Marc Shapiro
With the onset of tornado season and other hazardous weather events, U.S. Communities, NLC’s government purchasing cooperative, can provide timely and affordable products and solutions to help cities “weather the storm” and assist in recovery from the aftermath.
Through competitively bid contracts with lead public agencies, U.S. Communities offers thousands of products and solutions from more than 30 suppliers offering their best government pricing.
“When it comes to weather related events, I encourage cities to look to U.S. Communities for a wide range of products and solutions from national companies to help with emergency preparedness and response,” said NLC Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony.
Emergency preparedness and response solutions available from U.S. Communities include personnel protection equipment and safety products from Safeware-Mallory to help first responders, emergency response teams and public works crews deal safely with any response hazard.
The Home Depot and HD Supplies Facility Maintenance provide supplies and assistance to prepare for and recover from any emergency and assist in coordinating with other organizations such as the American Red Cross to keep needed supplies moving into the affected areas.
Other U.S. Communities supply partners provide roofing supplies and services, heavy equipment rental, electrical supplies, materials for command centers, first aid equipment, portable lighting, clean up supplies and more.
Sponsored by NLC and four other national associations, along with 29 state municipal leagues, U.S, Communities reduces the cost of goods and services by aggregating the purchasing power of public agencies nationwide. Today more than 55,000 registered agencies, education institutions and nonprofits utilize U.S. Communities contracts to procure more than 1.4 billion dollars in products and services annually.
U. S. Communities has no minimum purchase requirements and meets all state procurement requirements through competitively bid contracts by a lead public agency. Registration for U.S. Communities is fast, easy and free.