The Rise in Severe Weather: What It Means for Federal Contractors

Apr 28, 2023 1:28:57 PM / by USFCR

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This year has seen a significant increase in severe weather events, with snowstorms, floods, and tornadoes wreaking havoc across the United States. As the storm season intensifies, a growing concern exists for the safety and preparedness of communities affected by these natural disasters.

Federal contractors working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on relief contracts may find themselves busier than ever as the demand for disaster relief services increases. 

A Record-Breaking Tornado Season:
The US has experienced a sharp increase in tornado activity in 2023, with nearly 500 tornadoes reported so far – roughly double the average for this time of year. In an unusual turn of events, many of these storms have occurred outside the traditional "Tornado Alley" and have caused significant destruction across the Southeast and Midwest regions.

This year's severe weather season has already claimed at least 68 lives, a staggering figure considering the average number of tornado-related fatalities is 71 per year. Nighttime tornadoes, more than twice as deadly as their daytime counterparts, have contributed to this year's high fatality rate.

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The Implications for Federal Contractors Working with FEMA:
As severe weather events continue to rise, federal contractors working with FEMA on relief contracts must prepare for an increased workload. Meaning more opportunities for businesses to provide essential services, such as emergency housing, debris removal, and infrastructure repair.

However, this increase in demand also comes with challenges. Contractors may face resource constraints, logistical issues, and the need to work within tighter timelines to meet the urgent needs of affected communities. They must also be ready to adapt to the shifting locations of severe weather events as tornadoes become more frequent in the Southeast and Midwest regions.

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Preparing for Future Severe Weather:
For federal contractors working with FEMA, staying up-to-date with the latest research and best practices for disaster relief is crucial. As severe weather patterns evolve, contractors must be prepared to adjust their strategies and operations to serve affected communities better.

The rise in severe weather events in 2023 has significant implications for federal contractors working with FEMA on relief contracts. As the demand for disaster relief services increases, contractors must be prepared to adapt and respond to the evolving needs of affected communities. By staying informed about the latest severe weather trends and implementing best practices in disaster relief, contractors can play a crucial role in helping communities recover and rebuild in the face of these devastating storms.

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