How does FEMA buy from Small Businesses? Video

Sep 11, 2019 1:42:00 PM / by David Rockwell posted in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Videos

When and How does FEMA buy from small businesses. FEMA is a special agency. FEMA is what I call a "living agency." FEMA grows and changes with every new disaster. We as a government, as a people, we learn from each disaster. We learn from the mistakes that we've made and we try and move forward and provide better disaster recovery assistance in the future based on learning from prior incidents. FEMA stands for Federal Emergency Management Agency. And they do buy from small businesses.

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5 Things You Need to Know Before Working with FEMA

Jun 21, 2019 10:49:09 AM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Guides

Wherever there's a disaster in the United States or its territories, FEMA is there to help. Where FEMA shows up to help, they will need contractors. If you're working as a federal contractor or if you're looking to get into the federal marketplace, there are several key factors you need to know about FEMA contracting in FY 2019.

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Hurricane Season 2018 Notice: Get Registered Now

May 21, 2018 1:00:49 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), USFCR Info, News

Today is May 21, 2018. In 11 days, the Atlantic Hurricane Season will begin, just as it always has, on June 1st. As you know all too well, last year’s hurricane season was one of the most destructive and active seasons in recent history. Currently, there are many people in Puerto Rico who are still without power.

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Volcanic Eruption Causes Evacuations in Hawaii

May 7, 2018 11:39:30 AM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), News

On May 3, 2018, the Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island erupted. This occurred several hours after a 5.0-magnitude earthquake. Lava flow has been reported in the Leilani Estates, which is located in the Puna District of the island. Hazardous levels of sulfur dioxide gas have been detected in this area as well. Both of these factors prompted an evacuation order for this community. Many have been forced to gather what they could and abandon their homes on a short notice.

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After Hurricane Harvey, Need for Contractors in Texas to Increase

Aug 28, 2017 12:35:37 PM / by USFCR posted in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), USFCR Info

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Are You Tapping Into All Available Resources?

Jun 21, 2017 9:18:10 AM / by USFCR posted in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Guides

Hurricane season officially began earlier this month, and while we may not have a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director in place yet, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be opportunities available for small business contractors in the next few months.
FEMA usually posts opportunities when it determines a hurricane (or other type of natural disaster) is about to occur and then again once the hurricane (or other type of natural disaster) has passed (or ended). These opportunities tend to revolve around preventing, anticipating, or mitigating hurricane damage.

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Ready To Work on FEMA Contracts in Wake of Hurricane Matthew?

Oct 4, 2016 1:55:59 PM / by David Rockwell posted in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), News

The Category 4 Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti Tuesday, and firsthand accounts say the storm destroyed homes, swept away livestock, cut off transportation, and reportedly killed at least one person.

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FEMA to Pare Down Staff Devices

Jul 6, 2016 9:00:44 AM / by David Rockwell posted in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is trying to “shrink the footprint of the devices” employees carry, Chief Information Officer Adrian Gardner said at a panel in Washington on June 22, 2016. This "shrinkage" means one thing: Emergency responders could soon be using fewer computing devices.
FEMA covers the contiguous United States as well as overseas territories including Puerto Rico, American Samoa and Guam -- and devices need to work in both regions. The agency is considering a multipurpose, mobile “tablet sort of platform," as well as systems that could be used both during emergencies and during quiet periods in between, he said, speaking at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference.
A separate effort aims to standardize and centralize government-issued laptops, Gardner said.
For instance, the agency has historically housed employee laptops in various distribution centers, ”which means that then, when you bring them back online, they have to be patched,” Gardner said.
Instead, FEMA is considering adjusting its workflow to keep computers on a “blue wire” so they’re “continually up to date."
If you're interested in working on FEMA contracts, or are able to provide the types of services and products FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security looks for during emergencies, US Federal Contractor Registration can help set you up to work on federal contracts and also succeed as a government contractor. US Federal Contractor Registration is the world's largest third-party government registration firm. It helps companies complete their System for Award Management (SAM) Registration, develop marketing campaigns, and builds and hosts federally formatted websites for clients. USFCR also provides bid training to clients, as well as helps set them up for FBO notifications.
Since emergencies are not usually known in advance, contractors interested in working on FEMA contracts MUST be registered in SAM and set up for FEMA contracts now. FEMA usually doesn't have the time to put contracts out for bid, and typically looks for companies with complete and accurate registrations who can provide the services and products they need.
For more information, call US Federal Contractor Registration at 877-252-2700, ext. 1.
Portions of this post originally appeared on nextgov.com.

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Contractors Needed in Wake of West Virginia Floods

Jun 27, 2016 3:00:37 PM / by David Rockwell posted in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), News

Since Thursday, June 23, devastating floods have hit West Virginia, covering a large portion of the state. The American Red Cross is there, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is in the state helping people impacted by the floodwaters.

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Demand for Federal Contractors up in Advance of Jonas

Jan 23, 2016 10:37:18 AM / by David Rockwell posted in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), News

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.

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Demand for Federal Contractors up in Advance of Jonas

Jan 23, 2016 9:39:12 AM / by USFCR posted in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), News

Demand for Federal Contractors up in Advance of Jonas

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.

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Winter Storm Could Bring Contracting Opportunities

Jan 21, 2016 11:11:15 AM / by USFCR posted in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), News

Winter Storm Could Bring Contracting Opportunities

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).

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FEMA Expected to Offer Assistance To Areas Hit Hardest By Holiday Storms

Dec 28, 2015 1:53:56 PM / by David Rockwell posted in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), News

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn 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.
For more information, or to begin the Registration process, call US Federal Contractor Registration at 877-252-2700 ext. 2.

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Ready for Hurricane Joaquin?

Oct 1, 2015 10:24:14 AM / by David Rockwell posted in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), News

650x366_09301910_hd32-2Hurricane 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:

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FEMA Awarded More Than $9B in FY15

Sep 17, 2015 6:14:30 AM / by David Rockwell posted in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), News

During FY15, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded 21,251 contracts valued at more than $9 billion, according to USASpending.gov.
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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.
We also can tell you about our Simplified Acquisition Program, which is our full-service option for clients who want help completing their registration(s), information about current opportunities e-mailed right to them each month, and help optimizing their government brand. Clients enrolled in our Simplified Acquisition Program have earned thousands of dollars in contracts, and we’d like to help you do the same.
Our Simplified Acquisition Program includes the following services:

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FEMA Disaster Assistance

Feb 22, 2015 2:44:00 PM / by USFCR posted in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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.

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Polar Vortex Pushes Harsh Weather Conditions Across the Country

Jan 9, 2014 3:40:53 PM / by USFCR posted in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), News

Polar Vortex Pushes Harsh Weather Conditions Across the Country

Weather conditions across the country have been getting worse as temperatures plummet below -35F in some parts of the country. Southern parts of the country are being hit with colder weather than they have experienced in the past 20 years. Meteorologists are calling it a Polar Vortex due to the weakened spinning air flow that has allowed sub-zero air that is normally trapped to leak out. This sub-zero air flow has made its way in a counter clockwise movement across the United States. Citizens are being advised to take shelter and not let any skin be exposed to these freezing temperatures.

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Registered Government Contractors Provide Relief For Colorado Flood Devastation

Sep 20, 2013 12:07:37 PM / by USFCR posted in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), News

Registered Government Contractors Provide Relief For Colorado Flood Devastation

Meteorologists are calling the Colorado flood a “1000 Year Flood” due to the 0.1 percent chance of it happening over the course of a millennium.   In nearly four days, FEMA has collected $4.3 million in relief funds.  A portion of these funds will be distributed throughout the state of Colorado to help the 10,000 plus people that have applied for FEMA rent, small business grants and home-repair.  The other portion of the funds will be awarded to registered government contractors that will be helping with the rebuilding and relief efforts.  In times of distress, the federal government will hire properly registered government contractors to aid in the relief efforts of natural disasters.

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Colorado Flood Claims Over 18,000 Residential Structures

Sep 19, 2013 12:44:34 PM / by USFCR posted in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), News

Colorado Flood Claims Over 18,000 Residential Structures

They are calling the Colorado flood 'biblical' due to the amount of rainfall that has started to accumulate in such a rapid amount of time. Colorado’s rainy season was on a steady climb with a remaining 3.5 months to go. That was until on September 15th, 2013 when rainfall jumped to an all time high at 30.12 inches.  The massive amounts of rainfall caused flash flooding throughout the state.  In 60 hours the Big Thompson Canyon managed to break the flood record stage of 8.4 ft and started overflowing into the surrounding streets and countryside.  The Colorado Office of Emergency Management has evacuated close to 12,000 people in the flooded communities.  There are currently 5 recorded flood related deaths and over 1,200 people reported missing since the flood began last week.  Search and rescue teams are still canvassing the disaster strict areas for survivors.

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Donating or Volunteering

Aug 14, 2013 3:40:24 PM / by USFCR posted in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Donating or Volunteering

According to FEMA:

Donating and Volunteering Responsibly

  • Cash is the most efficient method of donating – Cash offers voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources and pumps money into the local economy to help businesses recover. Remember, unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
  • Donate through a trusted organization – At the national level, many voluntary-, faith- and community-based organizations are active in disasters, and are trusted ways to donate to disaster survivors. In addition to the national members, each state has its own list of voluntary organizations active in disasters. If you’d like to donate or volunteer to assist those affected by Sandy, these organizations are the best place to start.
  • Affiliate with existing non-profit organizations before coming to the disaster area. Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Contacting and affiliating with an established organization will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained to respond in the most effective way.
  • Be safe. Do not self deploy until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support. Wait until it is safe to travel to volunteer sites and opportunities have been identified. Once assigned a position, make sure you have been given an assignment and are wearing proper safety gear for the task.
  • Be patient. Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster - especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.

 

Volunteer

Volunteer with a recognized organization involved in disaster response and recovery prior to the next disaster event.

  • Volunteer with a non-profit organization and be trained before the next event to find meaningful volunteer opportunities following a disaster.
  • There are many organizations and faith-based groups in your community that have active disaster programs and need volunteers
  • These groups offer a wide range of services following a disaster:www.nvoad.org
    www.serve.gov
    www.citizencorps.gov

 

Donate Cash

A financial contribution to a recognized disaster relief organization is the most effective donation to make. When the public supports these voluntary organizations with financial contributions, it helps ensure a steady flow of important services to the people in need after a disaster.

  • Most needed and the most efficient way of helping those impacted by disaster.
  • Allow voluntary organizations to fund response and recovery efforts, obtain goods and services locally, and provide direct financial assistance to disaster survivors to meet their own needs.
  • Make a financial contribution to the voluntary organization of your choice.
  • If you need help in determining who to give to, National Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster website has a list of major Non-profits that are active in disaster work or you can make your offer through theNational Donations Management Network.
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