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Emergency Preparedness

The Atlantic Hurricane Season, as outlined by NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), runs from June 1-November 30 each year and details the six months out of the year when hurricanes are most likely to form. It’s the time of year where national agencies, state governments and local organizations take preparation seriously. And so do we.

After more than 130 years of supplying folding cots and supplies for all sorts of relief efforts — from Hurricane Ike in 2008 to earthquakes in Pakistan in 2005, among many others — we have a line of cots that are ready for every emergency scenario. We’ve been here from the beginning of the American Red Cross right through Hurricane Sandy, and we’ve lent helping hands wherever they’ve been needed. Whether you’re a small, local relief chapter in need of only a few cots or a large national agency needing tens of thousands of cots in a matter of days, our experience and our craftsmanship will guide you through the entire process — from selecting the right model, ordering it swiftly, on-time delivery and setup. It’s never too early to prepare for what you will need should a disaster strike.

The Maine Military Cot HD — our strongest and largest canvas folding cot that is the culmination of 140 years of experience refining the design of military style cots — it is the standard bearer in the field. Starting in 2020, the legs and rails are now reinforced with steel tubing. Not only will it support a working weight capacity of 375 pounds thanks to its 1 1/4-inch square aircraft aluminum tubing, the Maine Military Cot has the flexibility to add a number of features for any scenario. It is the ideal solution for emergency preparedness!  With available backrests and IV poles, the Maine Military is easily configured to meet ADA requirements for bariatric and special needs patients. Reinforced with an additional steel inner tube for maximum strength, this 18-inch high cot has a multi-pocket gear pouch, has lots of storage room and makes this heavy-duty cot capable of handling any expectation.

Sometimes, simple is best — and for that, there’s the EasyCot.

It’s all-in-one design is ideal for temporary shelters, where you can’t afford to lose spare parts and pieces when things are set up and broken down in a hurry. Because the EasyCot takes less than 30 seconds to go from its storage bag to complete setup, it’s ideal for a place that needs cots quickly. It’s also perfect for the elderly or any volunteers who lack upper-body strength usually associated with getting end rails into place.  Its steel-frame construction supports more than 300 pounds, while its lack of end rails also makes it a comfortable option for tall people.

Sometimes, space is the ultimate of concerns. Especially when it comes to mobile shelters, floor and storage space are both at a premium, and it’s where the Allagash PLUS Cot is at its best.  Less than three inches wide and seven inches tall when it’s completely folded and stored, it’s a strong cot that unfolds into a generously roomy cot that’s 30 inches wide and nearly six and a half feet long. Just eight inches tall, it’s a perfect fit in tight spaces.

All of our cots are a long-term investment.
Whether they are torn, damaged or missing pieces after use, we can repair and replace damaged or lost parts. It’s what sets us apart from the competition — when you need us most, we’re still here to help.