BY MAUREEN N. MARATITA
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is actively reaching out to businesses in the Mariana Islands to source goods and services.
The disaster relief agency will host a number of FEMA Industry Days the week of Oct. 14, according to an Oct. 4 release from the Guam Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
Goods and services required include air charters, building materials, chainsaws, clearing tools, conference rooms, lodging services, blankets, cargo vans, transportation services, comfort/hygiene kits, cots, dumpsters, generators, leased generators, heavy equipment rental, infant/toddler products, janitorial Services, joint field office kits, leased copiers and supplies, legal services, meals, water, medical supplies, medical kits (disposable and durable), office supplies, plastic sheeting, tents, tarps, portable toilets and stalls, security guard services, sign language services and temporary labor.
The FEMA Industry Days dates are Oct. 14, Guam; Oct. 15, Saipan; Oct.16, Rota; and Oct. 17, Tinian. The Industry Days will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Guam and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.
The events will feature speakers from FEMA, the NMI and Guam Small Business Development Centers, and the Guam Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Business owners are advised to bring business cards and Capabilities Statements, as they will have the opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with FEMA representatives. On-site Data Universal Numbering System and Systems for Award Management registration assistance will also be provided.
Readers should register for the free events on www.guamptac.ecenterdirect.com/events and contact PTAC or the Small Business Centers in Guam and Saipan for further information.
Recent typhoons in the Mariana Islands include Typhoon Soudelor, Typhoon Yutu and most recently Typhoon Hagabis, which passed through the region on Oct. 7 and Oct. 8. The Northern Mariana Islands have been particularly hard hit in recent years, after decades without storm destruction. While Guam has not been immune, in general the southern island in the chain has hardened construction, though non-concrete dwellings still exist.
FEMA has taken a strong and supportive role in the region with a quick presence in the islands to assist, work with local governments and fund initiatives such as housing and repair. The Industry Days are part of the FEMA Industry Liaison Program, according to FEMA’s website. FEMA held a similar series of events in the Mariana Islands in 2018. – This story was sent to Journal subscribers on Oct. 9. mbj