Domestic Emergencies

Contingency contracting officers support a range of domestic emergency operations, such as natural disaster recoveries (hurricane, earthquake, flood, and fire) in locations across the United States; and preparations for health crises.

Key regulations on contracting for domestic emergencies:

Contingency Operation                     Simplified Acquisition Threshold

Micro-Purchase Threshold               Emergency Flexibilities (FAR Subpart 18.2)

Federal Acquisition Registry (FAR) and Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS)

Additional information on contracting support for domestic emergencies can be found in:

The table below identifies domestic contingencies supported by the U.S. military. Contingency policies and resources are available by clicking the links within the table. Archived domestic emergencies can be found here.

Event Location Year Thresholds at FAR 13.201(g) apply
Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands 2017 See Deviation 2017-O0007 for elevated thresholds
Hurricane Irma Florida, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama 2017 See Deviation 2017-O0007 for elevated thresholds
Hurricane Harvey Texas and Louisiana 2017 Yes
Hurricane Matthew East Coast 2016 No
Oklahoma Tornado and Storm West South Central Region 2013 No
Hurricane Sandy East Coast 2012 Yes
Hurricane Isaac Gulf Coast 2012 No

The process for federal response to domestic emergencies is depicted in the figure below. Click on the figure for a larger version.



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