The Emergency Coordinator for the City of Dawson Creek BC is looking for good examples of RFPs suitable for soliciting proposals to upgrade the City emergency plan and companies or individuals who are qualified to undertake the required work.
If you have sample RFPs you are willing to share or quidance documents for writing emergency management related RFPs, we would appreciate it if you would post them here where they can be of benefit to PTSC-Online viewers, as well as the City of Dawson Creek.
Also, if you are in the business of providing consulting services to assist municipal governments develop and evaluate their emergency management programs, you can post a response to this article. If you are in this business you may want to consider listing your company in the Supplier Directory in the Supplier's section of PTSC-Online. There is no charge for this service.
You may also want to comment on the general topic of emergency management RFPs as I believe it will be a topic of interest to our viewers. I understand why RFPs are used, but I question if it is the best way to approach upgrading an emergency management program. I have unfortunately seem a number of poorly written RFPs, presumably written by purchasing personnel who do not adequately understand emergency management and what is needed. From a consultant's perspective it is difficult to respond to poorly written RFPs and I have spoken to a number of consultants who do not bother because it is not worth their effort.
An emergency management program designed to meet the requirements of CSA Z1600 or any other leading emergency management and business continuity program standards will include the required components for periodic evaluation and continuous improvement. What is the best solution for programs that have not been designed to meet these standards?
Ideally I would like to see your response posted to this article or you may also respond directly to:
Gordon (Shorty) Smith B.F.S. C.F.O.
Corporation of the City of Dawson Creek