Thursday, March 22, 2012

Doing Business with FEMA 

Posted by: Tony Russell, Regional Administrator, Region 6         

Small and minority business owners recently gathered in Dallas, Texas, to learn how to do business with FEMA and other federal and state agencies, in essence, becoming contractors. The dozens of business owners received critical information from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. General Services Administration and the Texas State Procurement Division.

As part of an effort to diversify the agency’s contractors, FEMA is actively seeking ways to strengthen partnerships with the private sector, and wants you to be a part of the process. You can access information online on how to become a federal contractor. The website provides a link to the Central Contractor Registration site, which collects, validates, stores and disseminates data in support of agency acquisition missions.

Additionally, the FEMA website contains information that will assist in identifying possible contracting opportunities with FEMA. Here you will be able to access the Federal Business Opportunities website, the governments' single point of entry where vendors and government buyers are invited to post, search, monitor, and retrieve opportunities solicited by the Federal contracting community.

In addition, FEMA seeks small businesses through the GSA Federal Supply Schedule program, which allows agencies to buy commonly used supplies and services. If you have not already done so, I encourage registering with the CCR, FBO and GSA.

I also encourage you visit the Federal Procurement Data System - Next Generation website for information on Federal agencies that may have procured the same or similar services, as well as contracts awarded during disasters.

We at FEMA Region 6 and across the agency are committed to making sure local businesses and everyone in the private sector are part of the preparedness, response and recovery fabric of their communities; because, historically, you are traditionally the catalysts for an efficient and effective recovery in a community following a disaster.

National Homeland Security Awards. Deadline: April 6, 2012

The National Urban Area Association in Partnership with Emergency Management Announces the National Homeland Security Awards 2012 -- Nomination Deadline April 6

Do you know an emergency management leader, agency or program that deserves special recognition?  Now is your chance to honor outstanding performance in homeland security program management and practice.

The National Urban Area Association, Inc., in partnership with Emergency Management magazine, announces the National Homeland Security Awards 2012. 

We want to know which emergency management official or program YOU think should receive this prestigious award.  Nominations are welcome from Urban Area Security Initiative, port security or transit security grant programs.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 6, 2012.  For more information about the contest or to submit a nomination visit

ACP - DC Metro Area Chapter: Monthly Meeting. April 3, 2012

ACP - DC Metro Area Chapter: Monthly Meeting
Tuesday April 3, 2012
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Washington DC Convention Center  
801 Mt. Vernon Pl.  N.W.  Wash, DC 20001
Meeting Room 140B

Our April monthly meeting is being held during the  CPM / GOVSEC Conference & Expo at the Washington DC Convetion Center.  Once registered you will receive an email confirmation with the information you need to get FREE entrance to the 2 day Expo.  

Here's a great opportunity to get in a full day of professional development and networking with fellow ACP members and Contingency Planning Professionals.   We will have lunch, sponsored by Assurance Data, and our speaker is Kenneth Barksdale, a founding member of both The Department of Homeland Security and ACPDC.  Currently Ken is a of ACPDC  Principal with Business Guard, Inc.

Developing and Executing Effective Table Top Exercises  -  In todays fast paced business environment, we all seem to be on 24 hour cycles and find if difficult to conduct full scale exercises. Therefore usage of Table Top exercises is an ideal way to ensure preparedness.  Come join us as Ken leads us by demonstrating how to develop and execute effective Table Top exercises.  He'll just be coming back from conducting a DRJ Spring World Pre Conference mock disaster exercise: Utilizing ICS for Public and Private Security, and will share lessons learned.

We highly encourage you to share this invitation with other industry professionals interested in Continuity Planning, and look forward to seeing you.  Seats are limited, so register now, and lock in  your reservation.
Also, don't forget to visit our ACP booth at the Expo - #2008
Arthur Fuller, President
Washington DC Metro Area Chapter - ACP

The Black Emergency Managers Association International support(s) the Sustainable Development Goals

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