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Disaster Relief Contracting: Local, State, and Federal Government

In this GovSchool session we will walk through the various local, state, and federal government agencies seeking contractors to provide emergency services during disasters. We will focus on the immediate needs created by Hurricane Dorian.

About GovDirections
GovDirections LLC ( is the leading publisher of local, state and federal government contract information and resources. With a total network of over 91,000 registered users throughout our platforms, we serve businesses that are seeking to do business with the government, those who are successfully working with the government and those in between. 

In 2019, we will deliver over 1.7million bids to registered companies streamed to their online account, then delivered via a personalized email on a daily basis.

About our Team

“The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.”

Thomas A. Edison 

Why Information is Key

Personal Experience

What Opportunity Exists?

Federal Market - $4.11 trillion (2018)
State and Local Market – approaching $3.5 trillion in 2019

Don’t get bidwinked!

Don’t get bidwinked!

Federal Opportunity

System for Award Management (SAM)

The System for Award Management (SAM) is an official website of the U.S. government. There is no cost to use SAM. You can use this site for FREE to:

  • Register to do business with the U.S. government

  • Update or renew your entity registration

  • Check status of an entity registration

  • Search for entity registration and exclusion records

USA Spending (see what others won)

Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA Small Business Program

Regarding procurement activities during disasters, FEMA and all other federal agencies adhere to the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Part 18 – Emergency Acquisitions, FAR Subpart 26.2 – Disaster or Emergency Assistance Activities and the Robert T. Stafford Act, Section 307.  Vendors seeking to do business with FEMA or other federal agencies during disasters should familiarize themselves with the FAR Parts and the Robert T. Stafford Act section mentioned above.

Acquisition flexibilities used during disasters are specific techniques or procedures that may be used to streamline the standard acquisition process.  Additional flexibilities may be authorized in an executive agency supplement to the FAR.  Acquisition flexibilities include:

  • Applying FAR Part 18

  • Utilizing local sources

  • Utilizing disaster support tools

  • Utilizing Government Wide Area Contracts, GSA Schedules, Strategic Sourcing Contracts, Multi-Agency Blanket Purchase Agreements, Multi-Agency Indefinite Delivery Contracts, etc.

There are three (3) phases of disaster contracting that take place, Response (1-30 days), Recovery (30+days) and Long Term Recovery (beyond 90 days).

The Response phase can include activities to meet basic human needs such as Joint Field Office setup, Search and Rescue support, Individual Assistance support and Public Assistance support.

The Recovery phase includes efforts to return communities back to self-sufficiency such as Housing and Medical support.

Long-Term Recovery is established when the needs of the community and individuals extend beyond the initial 30 to 90 days.

Vendors should contact the state’s Emergency Management Office where the disaster has been declared when seeking to do business with FEMA and other Federal agencies during a disaster.

The state’s Emergency Management Office will be actively engaged with first responders, FEMA Regional Offices located near the disaster, and other federal agencies that have been rallied to respond to the emergency.Often, the state’s Emergency Management Office will have valuable information on its website for vendors who want to provide goods or services to the areas affected by the disaster. Other points of contact for potential resource disaster partners include:

  • Defense Logistics Agency

  • Faith Based Information

Small Business Administration (SBA)

State Opportunity

State Emergency Management Agencies

Government contractors should register with the largest agencies in the regions they would like to win disaster recovery projects. While some project contracts such as debris removal, stabilization, and logistics may be issued very quickly or go to existing pre-approved contractors, other contracts such as building repair, furniture replacement, technology installations will generally be procured via a more standard process requiring public input. Local governments are likely to advance planned capital improvement projects and seek to maximize any state or federal matching dollars.


Read about Florida Disaster Recovery Efforts

Florida County Emergency Management Locations


Read about Georgia Disaster Recovery Efforts

South Carolina

South Carolina Emergency Management

Read about South Carolina Disaster Recovery Efforts

North Carolina

Read about North Carolina Disaster Recovery Efforts

  1. Register in the NC E-Procurement system at to be eligible for state contracts and to receive electronic requests for quotes for informal contract opportunities.

  2. Register in the NC Vendor Link system  at to be listed in the State vendor directory and to receive email notification of new formal contract opportunities.

  3. Read about State Emergency Management programs and procedures at


Reach about Virginia Disaster Recovery Efforts

Virginia Emergency Management


GovDirections will work on all fronts to alert you to projects that not only help your company, but help your neighbors reconstruct from Harvey and Irma – two names likely to be retired because of their impact – now estimated to exceed $250 billion. Congress’ initial $15 billion package will most likely be followed by the largest infrastructure investment in modern times.


GovDirections: Keyword Disaster Contracts

Texas RFPs

Puerto Rico RFPs

U.S. Virgin Island RFPs

Florida RFPs

Georgia RFPs

Alabama RFPs

Local Opportunity

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35,879 Cities or Towns

3,031 Counties

12,880 School Districts

38,266 Special Districts





Fragmented, but not broken United States 2017

90,126 Total federal, state, and local government units

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Business Guides at GovDirections

The problem is information overload.

The solution is to pinpoint your opportunity.

Lets go to GovDirections and take a look at active Disaster contracts.