Between hurricanes, flooding and other environmental threats, Louisiana and its towns and counties are some of the locations most vulnerable to potential natural and man-made disasters. Hurricane Harvey primarily hit Texas in the 2017 hurricane season, but Louisiana took a major hit as well, with areas of southwest Louisiana seeing up to 22 inches of rain and widespread flooding.

The state’s vulnerability to natural disasters means it is a hotspot for government contractors that provide disaster relief and preparedness services. Businesses can find government bids and RFPs coming from the state of Louisiana, the City of New Orleans or any of Louisiana’s many other state and local government agencies.

Louisiana’s State and Local Governments Are Spending to Respond to Disasters

A common misconception about preparing for and responding to natural disasters is that the issue falls mainly on federal government agencies to solve. While those agencies are certainly important, a strong, proactive local and regional plan is needed to prepare for when the next major disaster – be it a hurricane, a flood or a tornado - hits.

As found in Onvia’s special report, 10 Hotspots in Government Contracting for 2017, strengthening disaster services was one of the top growth areas in state and local government contracting last year, with a 14% growth rate in disaster services bids and RFPs.

And no state budgets for preparedness and disaster recovery contracts in relative proportion to its population like Louisiana. The state accounted for 10% of disaster services bids and RFPs released in 2016, which was as much as Texas and more than any other state except for Florida.

Approximately 62% of these disaster services contracts come in the form of disaster cleanup. One such recent project came from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, which awarded Crown Architectural Metal Co. a $118,000 contract to provide flood repairs in Louisiana’s Ascension County.

Disaster Preparedness Contracts in Louisiana Appear Years in Advance

Governments often act cautiously when it comes to taking on new initiatives, waiting until there’s a compelling case to be made before committing a large sum of money in their budget. But this rule doesn’t hold true when it comes to disasters. Taking a proactive contracting approach, and preparing for the “big one” before it arrives, can help save lives.

For example, Lafourche Parish, located in the south of Louisiana on the Gulf of Mexico, recently put out a bid for Debris Monitoring Management and Consulting Services. The bid requested contractors to give their services on an as-needed basis, ensuring that in the event of a natural disaster or public emergency, the Parish will be prepared to respond.

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If you’re pursuing government contracts with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Lafourche Parish or other government agencies located within the state of Louisiana, then you can find insights on your target markets with Onvia 8, the sales intelligence platform that allows proactive businesses to get ahead of the bid.

Request a complimentary demo today to see how Onvia 8 can help you gain a competitive advantage by enabling you to uncover valuable government agency information, collaborate with your team and get the bids and updates you need to win more government contracts.

Or if you’re in New Orleans, you can hear more government procurement insights from Ben Vaught, Director of Onvia for Government, along with Tammy Rimes, Executive Director for National Cooperative Procurement Partners, as they present “Drones Today… Flying Cars Tomorrow… Are You Really Ready for the Procurement Future?” at 2:15pm on Oct 20th at the National Procurement Institute annual conference.