The Federal Emergency Management Agency, an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security created in 1978 and enacted in 1979, coordinates responses to disasters and state emergencies throughout the U.S. This agency gets involved when disaster response exhausts the resources of local and state authorities. FEMA turns to contractors to provide services and products after a disaster. These contracts can be for short-term (bottles of water) products and long-term (construction) services.
While the agency’s primary role is on-the-ground support during and after emergencies and disasters, the agency is also heavily involved in pre-disaster mitigation. Pre-disaster mitigation includes identifying risks to reduce potential injuries, property loss, and recovery time. The agency regularly assists recovery efforts 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, and extensive response personnel training.
The Department of Homeland Security – which oversees this agency – will release solicitations and information about opportunities, and contractors with a current and active System for Award Management (SAM) Registration can respond to the solicitations and bid on performing the required work.