Source: HME | Release | April 25, 2019

HME, Inc has received the 2019 Department of Homeland Security Small Business Achievement Award in recognition of its outstanding work supporting the DHS mission at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala. Only 16 companies received the award this year. HME’s founder’s Henry and Monica Perry and CDP Program Manager Bill Chapman accepted the award on April 16th in Washington, D.C.

HME operates the 622-bed CDP lodging facility, the CDP mail center, and provides operations and maintenance services for six other CDP-related facilities at the former Fort McClellan. HME ensures facilities are prepared and maintained in support of unexpected surge training requirements. The natural disasters during 2018 made it necessary for the CDP to activate additional areas within the complex. Lodging and meals were required for an additional 1,462 personnel between Sep. 10 and Sep. 30 to meet the demands brought on by Hurricane Florence, and 469 personnel between Oct. 11 and Nov. 13, and for an increase in temporary instructional staff to 107. With little notice for indeterminate periods of time and numbers of students, HME augmented and managed labor to cover extended hours for daily, weekend, and holiday operations. HME managed the impacts of the surge with extra effort and exceeded expectations.

At the award ceremony, it was stated that “HME consistently goes above and beyond to meet demanding and changing environments created by the need to respond to disasters. They continuously step up as team players to ensure the success of the CDP and the FEMA mission.”

HME also provides quick responses and support to other CDP service providers helping to ensure that all stakeholders achieved success in meeting FEMA’s mission. For example, during the training surge at CDP caused by Hurricane Florence, a catastrophic electrical failure occurred in the kitchen and no other food alternatives were available, including boxed meals. The only choice was to place personnel on per diem and bus them to local restaurants three times per day for one week. This would have severely impacted the tight training and deployment schedule for the post-disaster effort and increased lodging, training, and travel costs for more than 500 FEMA personnel, and impacted the timeline for their physical deployment, and those in need of FEMA services in the disaster areas. The electrical repair was the responsibility of another contractor who was unable to respond. However, HME’s forward thinking, preparedness, and quick response to this crisis resulted in a fast, sound, and permanent repair. The kitchen stayed online and operational without disruption or delay.

About HME, Inc.: HME, Inc. provides facilities operations and maintenance services. It was founded in September 1996 by Henry and Monica Perry. In 2011, it received the Knoxville Chamber Partnership 2011 Pinnacle Business Award Winner for Minority Owned Business Excellence. HME participates in the Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program and is a woman-owned disadvantaged small business.