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FEMA wants armed guards to keep order at sites around tornado-ravaged Oklahoma City

As FEMA gears up its response to the mighty tornadoes that blasted Moore, OK, and other nearby areas surrounding Oklahoma City, the agency has issued a small business set-aside solicitation for a guard services company that can provide armed guards at FEMA disaster relief centers, joint field offices, logistical staging areas, communications centers, responder base camps, temporary housing centers and other disaster-relief sites established in five adjacent counties.

The chosen vendor will provide access and egress control, security screening, visitor processing, patrol and response, traffic control and emergency management.

FEMA envisions awarding a contract for a one-month base period (running from May 30 to June 29) for a total of just under 20,000 hours of work. The contract might also include eight one-month options, which would require additional armed guard services out through February 2014. The total value of the contract has not yet been determined, says the solicitation released by FEMA on May 26.

Prospective contractors have until May 29 to submit their proposals to FEMA, which expects to issue its contract by the following day.

The armed guard services will be required at disaster-related sites and facilities set up in five counties in the State of Oklahoma: Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie, says the agency’s solicitation.

Further information about this set-aside award is available from David Zhang, a FEMA contracting officer, at [email protected].

President Obama visited the demolished region in and around Moore, OK, on May 26. In addition to promising the government, and the nation’s continuing assistance, Obama ticked off activities that hve already begun to occur.

“At my direction, Craig Fugate arrived here on Tuesday,” said the president. “FEMA was on the ground even before Monday’s tornado hit. And their teams have now completed searches of more than 1,200 buildings. We’ve helped to register more than 4,200 people for disaster assistance, and we’ve approved more than $3.4 million in direct aid. Obviously, there’s a lot more to come. But it’s not just a government response. We’ve seen incredible outpourings of support from churches, from community groups who are helping folks begin to recover.”


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