Emergency Preparedness

By Terry Stroud, PTAC Counselor at Fayetteville State University

With the recent storm causing severe damage in South Carolina, and to a lesser degree in North Carolina, it is a reminder that emergency preparedness should be an important consideration for businesses doing business with the Government. Let us explore two instances of emergency preparedness, as it relates to Government Contracting.

In the first instance, you may be a business currently fulfilling contracts, and are among those businesses adversely affected by the storms. Two groups exist among those businesses affected by the storm: Businesses that already have a Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Plan in place and those who do not.

Hopefully, you are among the first group who realized that having a complete Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Plan is essential and were prepared. Though never an easy task, you are currently implementing your plan and are taking the necessary steps to recover. If your business is among the second group of businesses that did not have a Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Plan in place, know that we are here to assist you through this difficult time. Additional information can be reviewed on our website, http://www.sbtdc.org/resources/recovery/disaster/. Please do not neglect to reach out to the PTAC for assistance during these difficult times for your business.

Once the dust settles, and your business returns to normal, we will assist you in either developing your Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Plan, or revising your existing plan to account for lessons learned from what you have just experienced. A wealth of additional information regarding Emergency Preparedness is also available at the SBA’s website located at: https://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/starting-managing-business/managing-business/running-business/emergency-preparedness-and-disaster-

Disasters are a real possibility that all businesses face and being prepared is essential.

With respect to the second instance of Emergency Preparedness we are exploring, disasters also create new opportunities for government contracting. Government agencies are busy assessing the damages caused and what is going to be necessary to repair those damages. This will create new opportunities for Government contracting to repair damaged infrastructure and various other areas that sustained damage due to the storm. I have recently been receiving inquiries from businesses about how to participate in the upcoming opportunities. There are several items that need to be in place and up to date to participate. Some of the items required include an active SAM entity, your business being registered with FEMA, and your business being registered to do business in the affected state. Your local PTAC counselor can guide you through the process and assist you in seeking suitable opportunities that your business qualifies for and can perform.

For a summary of PTAC services available, please visit our website at http://www.sbtdc.org/programs/ptac/services/.

For detailed information about registering your business with FEMA, please visit the following website: http://www.sbtdc.org/programs/ptac/services/.

Please contact your local PTAC counselor today, and get the assistance you need to accomplish your government contracting goals for your company http://www.sbtdc.org/programs/ptac/contact/.

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