The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s administrator urged county officials to arrange pre-event contracts for commodities ahead of disasters, instead of waiting for assistance that might not come.
Brock Long, speaking at the National Association of Counties legislative conference in the nation’s capital last Tuesday, said FEMA’s contracting processes during 2017’s devastating hurricane and wildfire seasons were a “huge success.” The agency secured 1,973 contracts on top of 59 that were pre-event for water, meals ready to eat, debris removal, disaster cost recovery and other services.
But in the event communities are cut off by a serious earthquake that cripples infrastructure, Long said, they may need to provide life-saving resources for 48 to 72 hours before the feds can backfill.
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Note to Our Readers: GTPAC hosted a conference in January on the subject of disaster-related contracting. You can read a report of that conference, and download the resources that resulted from that conference, at: http://gtpac.org/2018/01/10/gtpacs-before-the-storm-event-helps-vendors-with-governments-emergency-contracting-protocols