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Disaster Contracting Information

State Level


When the Governor of Louisiana declares a disaster, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) activates the Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center (LABEOC) for disaster response and recovery. One of the benefits of registering with LABEOC is that they will notify those registered companies of needs as they arise.

Additional benefits of registering:

  • Information alerts of public announcements from government agencies.
  • Status Report of your operations to inform emergency responders of any issues hindering the recovery of your business.
  • Emergency Products and Services alerts of emergency products and services will be sent to registered companies as they are made available.
  • Donations and Volunteer support for the emergency response.

The LABEOC, located a 635 Cajundome Boulevard, Abdalla Hall, Lafayette, LA, in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Research Park, serves as the alternate State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in the event the primary SEOC located in Baton Rouge is incapacitated or is unable to activate due to a disaster requiring the evacuation of the Baton Rouge area.

Register with the LABEOC.


 The State of Louisiana, Office of State Purchasing, posts all its open bids on the Louisiana Procurement and Contract Network (LaPAC) website. LaPAC is part of LaGOV.

Register with LaPAC.

Federal Level


When the President declares a federal disaster, FEMA becomes active in disaster response and recovery. Learn about working with FEMA at:

Vendors must register with FEMA through their Industry Liaison Program (ILP). Complete te Vendor Profile form:

Submit/email ILP Profile Form to:

For more information on the top commodities procured in disasters; how to monitor to solicit quotes and offers for disaster assistance opportunities, visit Unison Marketplace (previously FedBid):


SAM contains a Disaster Response Registry which lists those contractors who are willing to provide debris removal, distribution of supplies, reconstruction, and other disaster or emergency relief supplies and/or services.

To add your company to the registry, you must be fully registered in SAM. During the registration process, you must indicate that you want to participate in the Disaster Response Registry and provide the required information on the Disaster Response Information page within the Assertions module. Once your registration is active, you will be added to the Disaster Response Registry and Contracting Officers will be able to locate your company through the Disaster Response Registry Search.

Register in SAM here.

NOTE: Effective June 2017, you can no longer access the System for Award Management (SAM) using Internet Explorer (IE) Versions older than IE11.

You either need to upgrade to an Internet Explorer version of IE11 or higher, or access SAM with another supported browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.)


Federal Government agencies use the SBA Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) database to search for vendors. SBA DSBS is also used by large prime contractors who are looking for subcontractors.

DSBS is reached through your SAM registration. It is located at the very last screen of your SAM registration. When you reach the last screen, the system will ask if you would like to leave SAM and enter the SBA Supplemental Pages. Say “Yes” and register in DSBS. Make sure to complete the following sections: 1) Capabilities Narrative; 2) Keywords; and 3) Performance History (References), which can include past commercial work.

All of the above registrations are completely FREE. If you need assistance, please contact your Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance (LA APEX Accelerator) Counselor at 1-800-206-3545.

Although the American Red Cross is not considered a Government agency, this is the website for doing business with the American Red Cross.