Emergency buying 2. How to buy faster

Prioritise user needs, engage with suppliers and make use of emergency and accelerated procedures.


During an emergency it is essential to buy faster than usual to deliver life-saving and priority products and services. To be able to do this depends on the ability of buyers to:

  • quickly identify and prioritise the most vulnerable and at-risk
  • develop requirements based on user needs
  • find new suppliers and support existing ones
  • use flexible contracting and buying approaches designed for emergencies