When national emergencies or disasters such as floods and hurricanes occur, supplies and services need to be procured by the federal government and rushed to the affected area. To expedite this process, the System for Award Management (SAM) contains a Disaster Response Registry in accordance with FAR Subpart 4.11 and FAR Subpart 26.2 listing those contractors who are willing to provide debris removal, distribution of supplies, reconstruction, and other disaster or emergency relief supplies and/or services.
A company must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) at https://www.sam.gov for federal contracts and other procurement opportunities in accordance with FAR Subpart 4.11, to be included in the Disaster Response Registry. On average, it takes 2-3 days to properly register and have a company’s registration become active in SAM. It may take longer.
During the registration process, companies must indicate that they want to participate in the Disaster Response Registry and provide the required information on the Disaster Response Information page within the “Assertions” module. Once a company’s registration is activated, it will be added to the Disaster Response Registry, and federal contracting officers will be able to locate the company through the search function within the Disaster Response Registry.
You can get FREE help with your registration by contacting the supporting Federal Service Desk (FSD). In addition, if you are located in the U.S. and its outlying areas, you can get FREE support from your local Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), an official resource for government contracting assistance. Check the PTAC website at http://www.aptac-us.org/find-a-ptac to locate your closest PTAC.
Remember, it is FREE to register and maintain your registration in SAM. If you get an email from any address that does not end in .gov or .mil, be cautious. If you get an email, text message, or phone call asking for money or payment of any amount, be very cautious. These parties do not represent the U.S. government. You engage third party vendors at your own risk.
In Georgia, you can contact a PTAC counselor at the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center at: http://gtpac.org/team-directory.