When national emergencies or natural disasters occur, supplies and services need to be rushed to affected areas quickly. Small businesses can contract with the federal government to assist in relief and recovery efforts following a major disaster.
The Disaster Response Registry
Government agencies search the Disaster Response Registry section in the System for Award Management (SAM), to find contractors that have indicated they can help respond to disasters. The registry lists contractors that offer debris removal, distribution of supplies, reconstruction, and other disaster or emergency relief supplies and services. Local firms affected by a Presidential major disaster or emergency declaration may be given contracting preference.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA requires potential vendors to complete a Vendor Profile form and submit it to the agency. Be specific about how your products and services can support FEMA’s mission. Do not include proprietary or sensitive information. Submission of the vendor profile form does not place you on a preferred list of vendors, or guarantee you an award.
Federal agencies may also post solicitations for disaster related contracts on FedBizOpps. Search using your NAICS Code or keyword.
State and Local
Interested contractors can also pursue state and local opportunities. FEMA lists contact information for each state on its website. The Small Business Administration (SBA) also has a list of contacts for emergency contract assistance
GSA Contract Holders
GSA’s Disaster Relief Program on GSA Advantage provides buyers with quick access to a full range of disaster and emergency related supplies, equipment and services.