June 1st marks the official beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. That's why, we've made this second installment in our FEMA contracting series about hurricane-related contracts. In this blog post, you will learn all the basics for getting started just in time for hurricane season.
Flights across the northeast have been cancelled. Snow plows in states along the eastern seaboard are on alert. Power companies, like Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy, have reallocated resources to North Carolina and other states expected to be hardest hit this weekend by "Jonas." And government agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), are plotting the storm and gearing up to lead recovery and relief efforts after the storm -- which some believe may rank as one of the 10 worst winter storms in history -- subsides.
Duke Energy is closely monitoring the winter storm forecasted to bring snow, sleet and freezing rain to North Carolina and South Carolina as well as the Eastern United States Thursday night through the weekend (January 21-24, 2016).
In the wake of strong tornadoes that swept through the Dallas area over the weekend, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is expected to offer disaster assistance. This assistance likely will not just be for residents of Dallas affected by the tornadoes, but also for people affected by severe weather in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Illinois.
FEMA also will likely tap into its extensive list of properly registered contractors who can provide needed services, from debris removal and storm remediation to contractors who can oversee the completion of new construction.
To qualify to provide services in areas where FEMA provides emergency-related services, as well as to bid on and receive contracts for non-emergency related series and products, from the installation of AV equipment to help analyzing flood-related regulations, a business must be registered in the federal System for Award Management (SAM).
US Federal Contractor Registration, the world’s largest third-party registration firm, can help complete the federal Registration for businesses that offer services and products that FEMA likely will need. Because Registration can take upward of 14 days to complete, it’s recommended that businesses call today to start the process. The sooner a company’s Registration is complete, the sooner it can qualify to provide services in the wake of natural disasters.
Hurricane Joaquin is on its way, reaching Category 4 status on Thursday afternoon, with flooding expected to affect areas from South Carolina to Massachusetts -- even if it doesn't make landfall
Now is the time to make sure your registrations are up to date. During a state of emergency, government procurement officers may not have time to release a solicitation, so can, instead, reach out to vendors individually until one agrees to provide the services and/or products.
To be eligible to complete government contracting work related to Hurricane Joaquin, the following federal registrations must be current:
During FY15, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded 21,251 contracts valued at more than $9 billion, according to USASpending.gov.
Are you a FEMA contractor who bid on contracts during FY15? Did you get your fair share? Or were you one of the thousands of bidders who didn't win a contract?
Call us at 877-252-2700 ext. 1 and we’ll check your registration, confirm everything is correct and current, review your website, and determine if there are current opportunities on which you should bid.
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) makes available disaster assistance (e.g., grants funding) to people affected by a major presidentially declared disaster, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc.
Contractors around the nation are registering with US Federal Contractor Registration to be prepared for a brutal hurricane season as stated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or better known as NOAA. As hurricane season starts to get back into swing, NOAA has declared this season to be one for the record books. NOAA has released forecasts that anticipate the occurrence of over 13 hurricanes this season.
According to the Office of the Press Secretary, President Obama signed into effect a disaster declaration for the state of Oklahoma. The disaster declaration demanded federal aid for state and local recovery efforts to the areas affected by the Oklahoma tornado. The federal funding will be applied to the affected areas of Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently conducting damage surveys that may require additional forms of assistance due to the devastation. Contractors are needed to assist in the rebuilding of homes, schools and businesses. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano spoke with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and assured her that all available assistance will be given to her beloved state. By the orders of President Obama, FEMA is to stand ready and provide any and all aid in response to this natural disaster.
"In New Jersey everything is at a complete standstill. Government contractors that are working on the devastated areas of the jersey shore are waiting to see what the new elevation codes will be. And on top of all of this, who is responsible for paying the bill? This part is very unclear. Is it the homeowner, the insurance company, or FEMA? Only when we find this out can we truly start to rebuild our beloved jersey shore homes,” stated Louis DeMary, Project Manager of Richie D Construction. This past January, legislation was passed with $50.7 billion granted to the state of New Jersey to rebuild beach shores and aid other affected areas from Hurricane Sandy. Congress also approved $9.7 billion to residents affected by the storm with flood insurance. However, several months later in this struggling economy there is still a standstill on flood liability. The question that has homeowners and government contractors scratching their heads is who is going to pay to raise these flooded homes? If the homes are considered to be in an A Zone, it would require the home to be raised several feet off the ground to meet code. A Z zone would mean that the home is beyond repair and must be torn down. The issue is a confusing one at best. Will it be the actual homeowner, the homeowner’s insurance policy or FEMA with the promised $9.7 billion?
Mr. DeMary continued to question the zoning situation stating, “If it is going to be the homeowner’s responsibility, they are going to be up to their eyes in debt. The areas of South Jersey, Ocean County, and Monmouth County have suffered greatly. The homeowners can not afford to take a hit like this. Once the zoning and elevation has been decided then we can finally get back to work and not stand idle like we have been doing for the past 4 months. The government will have to hire tons of contractors to help with this massive project. US Federal Contractor Registration registered my business for government contracts; they even set me up with FEMA. If you are a contractor and would like to become registered to partake in this massive project you need to call US Federal Contractor Registration immediately, so they can assist you with the registration process. I am personally very grateful for US Federal Contractor Registration. Once the state decides who is responsible, I am ready and prepared to help with the on-going hurricane relief.”
Bob Considine, Spokesman for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in the state of New Jersey quoted in a phone interview with Max Timko of Governmentcontractingtips.com stated, “We have been told that FEMA anticipates to update and fine tune their zoning maps before the start of this upcoming summer in 2013. This will give notice to contractors and homeowners of the coastal elevation changes that will be occurring within the next two years. The DEP continues to work with FEMA to provide input on these maps. FEMA can provide up to $30,000 to cover the Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) with federal, state and local regulations if you have federal flood insurance. In addition, the Christie Administration intends to provide grants to homeowners with substantially damaged homes to help them offset some of the costs of elevation, mitigation and renovation. The administration will announce such grants in the near future.”
Eric Knellinger, President of US Federal Contractor Registration stated, “Months ago I quoted on this situation expressing how pleased I was with congress for granting $50.7 billion to the state of New Jersey in relief funds. Now it is time for New Jersey to get this zoning mess behind them. I am sure Governor Christie and his staff are working diligently to solve this issue. Our office stands ready to assist Gov. Christie and the great state of New Jersey to register contractors for disaster relief. This is the least we can do to help Gov. Christie in the state of New Jersey through these trying times. When Hurricane Sandy occurred we registered thousands of contractors to help in this disaster relief. People still remain homeless and they are waiting for action. I urge any New Jersey or tri-state contractor to become registered in System for Award Management (SAM) to be eligible to accept government contracts and set-asides. Register now so your business will be eligible to bid on contracts that help with the construction and damage clean up. We are here to make sure that any and all contractors are ready to help where it is needed the most. We want your business to not only survive, but thrive in government contracting.”
Southern states took shelter when a a mega-force tornado ravaged through their communities causing millions of dollars in damage and leaving over 21,000 people without power. Close to ten states were affected by the storm and officials are still seeking out aid to help in the recovery. Massive flooding in North Carolina caused major traffic jams and delays for residents living in the northern mountainous regions of the state. This 1,000 mile long storm reeked havoc in the small town of Aldairsville, Georgia. Eyewitness reports recall the tornado flipping cars and blasting through homes in its path. At least 17 people were injured and 2 were killed during the rampage of the tornado. Over 100 homes in total were destroyed in Aldairsville. The storm spread enormous amounts of debris which trapped civilians under the tangled wreckage. Robert Paris, Gordon County’s Chief Deputy Sheriff stated, “There have been a number of entrapments, and deputies, firemen and emergency personnel have all been working to free those people. I don’t believe we have any more trapped at this time.” Governor Nathan Deal even declared a State of Emergency for the two Georgia counties that encountered the tornado.
Finally after weeks of debating and deliberating, Congress approved $50.7 billion to be granted to the state of New Jersey and New York to help rebuild their beach shores and other areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.
FEMA Contracts.com recently received a large influx of online attention due to the number of businesses looking to aid in the relief efforts of Hurricane Sandy. In the few years FEMA Contracts.com has been online, the website has assisted businesses with questions on how to register for federal government contracting and guided businesses to be approved for FEMA aid.
In this time of recovery in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many have been called upon to aid in the relief efforts. In New York City, the 6,000 employed sanitation workers have been hard at work and have also acquired additional help from hundreds of private contractors hired under a $92 million FEMA Contract as executed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Businesses properly registered for federal government work continue to put all their efforts into collecting damaged items from homes, but have yet to see any sight of the finish line. According to the Associated Press, New York City has collected an estimated 271,000 tons of ruins and debris just from local neighbors alone.
When Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Northeast coast of the United States it caused damage that would truly be lasting. Since the damage has started, companies have been working tirelessly to mend the broken parts of the nation. Boardwalks destroyed, houses under water or sand, massive coastal damage and hundreds being left homeless are just a few details from the overall destruction of Hurricane Sandy. FEMA.gov has stated that they have placed over 30 Disaster Recovery Centers in the Northeast to aid victims from the storm. FEMA is still currently contracting businesses to help in the relief effort with the damage done from Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy rampaged through the Bahamas this morning resulting in 11 dead in Guantanamo and eastern Santiago, and 10 dead in Haiti. Hurricane Sandy has now diluted to a category 1 hurricane, originally peaking as a category 2 just before reaching the Caribbean. As Accuweather continues to release more updates on Hurricane Sandy, it shows that the massive storm making a direct impact to the United States mainland Monday or Tuesday of next week.
According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, the churning of warm Caribbean waters changed the once Tropical Storm Sandy into Hurricane Sandy. The storm is reported to be heading for the Island of Posh in Jamaica. Hurricane Sandy is said to product close to 10 inches of rain fall over the eastern and central regions of the island as well as constant flash flooding and landslides to follow.
Tropical Storm Issac is expected to hit Louisiana sometime Wednesday Morning as a Category 1 Hurricane. FEMA has deployed an Incident Management Team to their Emergency Operations Centers in Louisiana and Alabama in preparation for the incoming storm. What have you done to protect your property and family in advance of Tropical Storm Issac? We've listed some tips below to ensure your business is ready for the storm.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Deputy Administrator Richard Serino recently announced on the FEMA blog that the agency has created a "Think Tank" to engage the public and solicit their input "on a variety of emergency management issues, such as how as we prepare for, respond to, recover from, or mitigate against all types of disasters." A public online forum has been launched to facilitate the sharing and discussion of these ideas. The Think Tank will also be holding monthly conference calls during which three or four ideas posted to the online forum will be discussed in detail. The individuals who generated those ideas will have the opportunity to personally brief the Deputy Administrator during the call, after which the call will be opened to questions and general discussion.