The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) organizes responses to catastrophes and turns to federal contractors to offer products and services before and after a disaster. Basically, its goal is to contract with local businesses in the affected areas to give these companies an opportunity of doing business with the Government and help communities impacted by emergencies of any kind.
According to FEMA, its contracts can be for short-term and long-term products and services lasting years, and you, as a small business owner, only need to take the following steps to become one of its providers.
Steps to qualify for FEMA contracts
1) Understand FEMA’s mission
The main focus of small businesses working for or with FEMA is to help people before, during, and after disasters; hence, when a major emergency occurs, this federal entity connects you with the affected communities by coordinating efforts and collaborating with federal, state, local, and tribal agencies.
To see if you qualify for FEMA contracts, review the following list of goods and services that are useful for its purposes:
- Infant/Toddler Products
- Durable Medical Equipment Kits
- Consumable Medical Supplies Kits
- Plastic Sheeting
- Comfort/ Hygiene Kits
- Forklift Rentals
- Cargo Vans
- Security Guard Services
- Joint Field Office Kit
- Leased Copiers
- Leased Generators
- Office Supplies
- Shredding Bins
- Portable Toilets
- Sign Language
- Temporary Labor
- Janitorial Services
2) Register in SAM
If you offer any of the previous items or services, then you can move to the next step: A System for Award Management (SAM) registration, which is required to do business with FEMA. To do so, you will need to have pertinent information ahead, including your company´s DUNS number and tax identification number.
There is no fee to do a SAM registration and, during the registration process, you must indicate that you want to be included in the Disaster Response Registry.
3) Monitor contracting opportunities
Once you have your SAM registration, you are ready to look for contract opportunities, which are available on sam.gov. Entities within the Federal Government publish notices on proposed contract actions valued at more than $25,000. For more information regarding this topic, you can call the Federal Service Desk at 1-866-606-8220.
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The SAM.bid Advanced Monitoring Platform system monitors awards so you can see who is winning and, more importantly, who is buying. For more information call toll-free (800) 515-5351 or email info@SAM.bid.
To view anticipated contract actions above $250,000, you can access the Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Planning Forecast System, a portal for small business vendors like you.
4) Submit your vendor profile form
To give more visibility to your interest in working for or with FEMA, you can also complete a vendor profile form, which is considered a secondary market research or vendor presentation meeting resource.
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