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Contracting in Disasters

Contractors are a critical force-multiplier during any disaster response. In the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), we rely heavily on these partners in industry to help us meet mission requirements quickly, efficiently and effectively.


To facilitate rapid engagement with the industrial base, USACE maintains an inventory of already awarded contract tools, pre-positioned to support major emergency response missions.  These contracts are part of the USACE Advanced Contracting Initiative (ACI), a program developed and implemented specifically for emergency and disaster scenarios. This suite of targeted contract tools provides USACE with a rapid response capability to support a wide range of mission requests, to include needs such as bottled water, packaged ice, debris removal, and temporary roofing.  

In addition to ACI, USACE also leverages the national Disaster Response Registry (DRR), which is part of the General Services Administration’s System for Award Management (SAM). The DRR includes a database of contractors willing to perform debris removal, distribution of supplies, reconstruction, and other disaster or emergency relief activities. Submission of information is voluntary and the database is considered For Official Use Only within the federal government. Submission of information to the DRR does not expressly or implicitly commit the federal government to procurement of products or services.

Finally, all companies doing business with USACE must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) and their registration must be in an active status.

Click here for additional information on the Disaster Response Registry.

For additional information on the USACE mission during emergencies and disasters, visit our National Response Framework page.