When and How does FEMA buy from small businesses. FEMA is a special agency. FEMA is what I call a "living agency." FEMA grows and changes with every new disaster. We as a government, as a people, we learn from each disaster. We learn from the mistakes that we've made and we try and move forward and provide better disaster recovery assistance in the future based on learning from prior incidents. FEMA stands for Federal Emergency Management Agency. And they do buy from small businesses.
Wherever there's a disaster in the United States or its territories, FEMA is there to help. Where FEMA shows up to help, they will need contractors. If you're working as a federal contractor or if you're looking to get into the federal marketplace, there are several key factors you need to know about FEMA contracting in FY 2019.
Today is May 21, 2018. In 11 days, the Atlantic Hurricane Season will begin, just as it always has, on June 1st. As you know all too well, last year’s hurricane season was one of the most destructive and active seasons in recent history. Currently, there are many people in Puerto Rico who are still without power.
On May 3, 2018, the Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island erupted. This occurred several hours after a 5.0-magnitude earthquake. Lava flow has been reported in the Leilani Estates, which is located in the Puna District of the island. Hazardous levels of sulfur dioxide gas have been detected in this area as well. Both of these factors prompted an evacuation order for this community. Many have been forced to gather what they could and abandon their homes on a short notice.
Hurricane season officially began earlier this month, and while we may not have a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director in place yet, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be opportunities available for small business contractors in the next few months.
FEMA usually posts opportunities when it determines a hurricane (or other type of natural disaster) is about to occur and then again once the hurricane (or other type of natural disaster) has passed (or ended). These opportunities tend to revolve around preventing, anticipating, or mitigating hurricane damage.
The Category 4 Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti Tuesday, and firsthand accounts say the storm destroyed homes, swept away livestock, cut off transportation, and reportedly killed at least one person.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is trying to “shrink the footprint of the devices” employees carry, Chief Information Officer Adrian Gardner said at a panel in Washington on June 22, 2016. This "shrinkage" means one thing: Emergency responders could soon be using fewer computing devices.
FEMA covers the contiguous United States as well as overseas territories including Puerto Rico, American Samoa and Guam -- and devices need to work in both regions. The agency is considering a multipurpose, mobile “tablet sort of platform," as well as systems that could be used both during emergencies and during quiet periods in between, he said, speaking at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference.
A separate effort aims to standardize and centralize government-issued laptops, Gardner said.
For instance, the agency has historically housed employee laptops in various distribution centers, ”which means that then, when you bring them back online, they have to be patched,” Gardner said.
Instead, FEMA is considering adjusting its workflow to keep computers on a “blue wire” so they’re “continually up to date."
If you're interested in working on FEMA contracts, or are able to provide the types of services and products FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security looks for during emergencies, US Federal Contractor Registration can help set you up to work on federal contracts and also succeed as a government contractor. US Federal Contractor Registration is the world's largest third-party government registration firm. It helps companies complete their System for Award Management (SAM) Registration, develop marketing campaigns, and builds and hosts federally formatted websites for clients. USFCR also provides bid training to clients, as well as helps set them up for FBO notifications.
Since emergencies are not usually known in advance, contractors interested in working on FEMA contracts MUST be registered in SAM and set up for FEMA contracts now. FEMA usually doesn't have the time to put contracts out for bid, and typically looks for companies with complete and accurate registrations who can provide the services and products they need.
For more information, call US Federal Contractor Registration at 877-252-2700, ext. 1.
Portions of this post originally appeared on nextgov.com.
Since Thursday, June 23, devastating floods have hit West Virginia, covering a large portion of the state. The American Red Cross is there, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is in the state helping people impacted by the floodwaters.
Flights across the northeast have been cancelled. Snow plows in states along the eastern seaboard are on alert. Power companies, like Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy, have reallocated resources to North Carolina and other states expected to be hardest hit this weekend by "Jonas." And government agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), are plotting the storm and gearing up to lead recovery and relief efforts after the storm -- which some believe may rank as one of the 10 worst winter storms in history -- subsides.