Last Friday, a storm blew through Maryland with 80 mile an hour winds and several inches of rain. Unlike any storm I have seen, the lighting was almost constant and the trees were being bent and twisted so much so that we lost several stout oak trees and branches were strewn all over the place. At about 11PM last Friday the power went down. The next day we saw the damage and it looked like a warzone. We have 5 poles down in different places so we can probably expect another several days of running on generator power just to keep the freezer cold.
Governor O’Malley has requested federal assistance for this event. This is a step short of Katrina where FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration) was called in to help with the emergency. Now, FEMA is an interesting agency. They spend money quickly with pre-registered companies that provide specific services.
How can you tap into FEMA spending?
FEMA wants to know about you so make sure you visit [Link Updated: Doing Business with FEMA] and follow the instructions to register your company. If you provide Debris Removal you can register with the Debris Removal Contractor Registry https://asd.fema.gov/inter/drcr/home.htm.
Registering your company is important because FEMA responds to emergencies like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and other natural and man-made disasters. If your company is known before the event happens, you will be in position to jump on an opportunity when the federal government is called on for disaster relief.
Pre-disaster registration is mandatory. Just as important is pre-marketing your product and service offerings to buyers. isiFederal can help you find and reach key decision makers before they start spending the money. Companies that are known before the opportunity is posted are 5 times more likely to win.
By the way…
FEMA is an agency just like other agencies. FEMA’s published opportunities can be found at “New and Existing” but don’t stop there. FEMA is a DHS agency so there are many opportunities within DHS for you as well. Visit for details on doing business with DHS where you will find a link to the DHS forecast for DHS and all the sub agencies.