Contracting After Disasters

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Format: E-course
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes
Instructor: Jennifer Whittington, NW Louisiana APEX Accelerator
Learning Credits: 1.5 CPEs, 1.5 ATCs
APTAC BOK: D.11 Disaster Relief (Elective)
*This course was recorded on May 9, 2024.

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In a world where disasters, whether natural or man-made, can strike at any moment, every state must be prepared to handle crises efficiently. When a disaster strikes, contractors often scramble to secure FEMA contracts. However, the common misconception is that the process begins with FEMA, when in reality, by that point, it’s already too late.

During emergencies, contracting rules undergo significant changes, misinformation spreads like wildfire, and many small businesses–eager to tap into government spending–find themselves lost in the chaos. This course aims to shed light on the truth behind contracting during disasters.

Join us for an enlightening session where we delve into the intricacies of disaster contracting. We will explore key topics such as:

  • Understanding the declaration of disasters and the chain of command
  • Navigating the landscape of contracting with state and local governments during crises
  • Adapting to changes and flexibilities in acquisition rules, dollar thresholds, and FAR Parts 18 and 26
  • Unraveling the process of doing business with FEMA
  • Spotlighting the crucial role played by the US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Reviewing essential registrations required for disaster contracting
  • Learning about strategies for locating solicitations, identifying needs, accessing pre-awarded contracts, and forecasting opportunities

Prepare to arm yourself with valuable insights that will not only demystify the complexities of disaster contracting but also enable you to proactively mitigate risks and maximize opportunities when emergencies strike.

Target Audience: Small business owners, resource partners, APEX Accelerators

Meet Your Instructor:

Jennifer Whittington


Jennifer Whittington is a highly trained and engaging Government Contract Specialist with over seventeen years of experience. She has been entrusted to support, champion, and assist small and disadvantaged businesses in selling their products and services to Federal, State, and local-level government agencies throughout the procurement lifecycle. Jennifer is a national speaker and a Subject Matter Expert on Disaster Contracting. She is a member of the APTAC Curriculum Committee and has been recognized for her contributions with several awards. In 2023, she was nominated for APTAC’s Human Impact Award and the Outstanding Project Award. She was also the winner of the Economic Impact Award and North Louisiana’s Excellence in Community Award.

1 review for Contracting After Disasters

  1. jfitzmayer (verified owner)

    This was hands down one of the most informative webinars I’ve attended (7 years in biz, LOTS of webinars). Jennifer really knew her subject and had clearly put much work into this professional presentation. Not only did she provide basic and “special” advise on the subject of disaster relief contracting, she also provided numerous GREAT tips on marketing and how to best present our businesses to the government. I learned a great deal from this webinar, and I think much of the learning would normally have to come from several different training sessions. Thank you!

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