The Federal Emergency Management Agency works with other agencies and with contractors in advance of potential — and in the wake of — disasters and state emergencies. FEMA typically steps in when the disaster has caused a local or state authority to exhaust its resources. When it gets involved, it often turns to contractors to provide products (such as bottles of water) and services (such as construction).
In FY15, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued 3,957 contracts, which had a combined value of more than $1.025 billion. Of these contracts, it awarded 318 without putting them out for bid. These 318 contracts were worth more than $87 million. Since 2011, the agency has awarded more than $18 billion in contracts. You can search for current FEMA opportunities here.
FEMA regularly steps in to help local and state authorities recover after hurricanes and other weather-related disasters, wildfires, tornadoes, and snowstorms. It also provides state and local governments with:
- Experts in specialized fields
- Funding for rebuilding efforts
- Relief funds for infrastructure
- Extensive response personnel training
Unlike other federal agencies, the Department of Homeland Security – which oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency – is not required to solicit competitive bids when responding to or preparing for a potential disaster. Instead, when it identifies a service or product it needs, the agency can turn to contractors with whom it has a pre-existing relationship and ask them to provide the needed product and/or service.
In order to work on a FEMA contract, a business must have a complete and valid System for Award Management (SAM) Registration and also be registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. To register, you must complete and submit a FEMA vendor profile form. Once it approves your form, you can work on these types of contracts. Businesses that complete the registration process also can bid on emergency- and non-emergency related contracts. We recommend our clients register at the same time they complete their SAM Registration, so that they’re ready to work on FEMA contracts when a disaster strikes.
US Federal Contractor Registration, the world’s largest third-party registration firm, helps clients complete and maintain their SAM Registration, and also complete their FEMA vendor and business registration.
To learn more, call us at 877-252-2700 ext. 1.