About FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

On April 1, 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed the executive order that created FEMA. On March 1, 2003, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The agency coordinated its activities with the newly formed Office of Homeland Security, and FEMA’s Office of National Preparedness was given responsibility for helping to ensure that the nation’s first responders were trained and equipped to deal with weapons of mass destruction.

Within months, the terrorist attacks of Sept.11th focused the agency on issues of national preparedness and homeland security, and tested the agency in unprecedented ways.

Billions of dollars of new funding were directed to FEMA to help communities face the threat of terrorism. Just a few years past its 20th anniversary, FEMA was actively directing its “all-hazards” approach to disasters toward homeland security issues.

In March 2003, FEMA joined 22 other federal agencies, programs and offices in becoming the Department of Homeland Security.

The new department, headed by Secretary Tom Ridge, brought a coordinated approach to national security from emergencies and disasters – both natural and man-made.

On October 4, 2006, President George W. Bush signed into law the Post-Katrina Emergency Reform Act. The act significantly reorganized FEMA, provided it substantial new authority to remedy gaps that became apparent in the response to Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, the most devastating natural disaster in U.S. history, and included a more robust preparedness mission for FEMA.

FEMA has 10 regional offices:

  • Region I (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)
  • Region II (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands)
  • Region III (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and W. Virginia)
  • Region IV (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, N. Carolina, S. Carolina and Tennessee)
  • Region V (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin)
  • Region VI (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas)
  • Region VII (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska)
  • Region VIII (Colorado, Montana, N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Utah and Wyoming)
  • Region IX (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Federated States of Micronesia)
  • Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington)


You may have first heard of FEMA after the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, but FEMA has been assisting U.S. citizens with recovery since the late 1970’s.  While FEMA’s primary role is on the ground support for emergencies and disasters, they are also heavily involved in pre-disaster mitigation in which they take action before an incident, in order to identify risks and reduce injuries, loss of property, and recovery time. While they have been in the news lately for hurricanes, they regularly assist in wildfires, tornadoes, and snowstorms. FEMA also provides state and local governments with experts in specialized fields and funding for rebuilding efforts and relief funds for infrastructure along with extensive training of response personnel as part of their preparedness effort.

While the financial gain of being awarded FEMA contracts can be substantial in its own right, you are also contributing to a wonderful cause. When Katrina displaced the residents of New Orleans, FEMA mobilized and provided housing, medical services and rebuilding assistance to help those affected regain their quality of life. As a FEMA contractor you will not only be completing projects for the Federal Government, but will also be providing an invaluable service to the United States as well. You will be contributing to the welfare of America and that can be just as rewarding as the financial gain you stand to make.

Registering with the government to submit bids on FEMA contracts can be an invaluable revenue stream for your business. Over the past five years FEMA has awarded over $12 billion dollars in government contracts to businesses just like yours.

If you are a vendor looking to gain ground in the federal market as either a contractor or sub-contractor there are things you need to know before you jump in headfirst and submit a bid. First you will need your DUNS number. If you do not have a DUNS number you can obtain this from Dun & Bradstreet who supplies business information for use in credit decision. Next you will need to register with SAM (System for Award Management). Typically, the turnaround on receiving confirmation of registration can be 3-5 days providing everything was completely correctly.

So now should have your DUNS number and completed SAM registration. It is also recommended that government contractors submit a FEMA Vendor Profile to the FEMA Liaison Program.

US Federal Contractor Registration will help you from start to finish with our comprehensive registration service. We will complete and walk you through the whole process including:

  • Receiving a DUNS number
  • Registering with SAM
  • Completing and submitting your FEMA Vendor Profile to the FEMA Liaison Program

Why do business with USFCR?

In 2009 the Federal Government allocated over $442 billion to be offered to small businesses for government contracts. However, only $96 billion was awarded that year due to either unqualified businesses, improperly registered businesses, or a mixture of both. FEMA has also awarded a great deal of money, averaging $1 billion yearly to contractors for various projects. US Federal Contractor Registration has assisted thousands of businesses with registering to bid on FEMA contracts. What US Federal Contractor Registration prides itself on is the ability to offer peace of mind for you and your company. We take your registration from start to finish, ensuring it is completed thoroughly and setting you aside from the vendors who have not. Our Placement Specialists succeed in putting you in the position to win bids with FEMA.