For Immediate Release
August 29, 2012
Contact: Jeremy Zidek, (907) 428-7077
Emergency Food Supply and Storage for the State of Alaska
State seeks creative solutions for an emergency food cache
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – On August 9, 2012 the State of Alaska issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) soliciting emergency food ideas and solutions from approved state contractors. The request seeks supply, management and storage options, which will enable the state to feed 40,000 people for seven days. The plan must also account for how to store the items in readily accessible locations, rotate expired items, and the capability to provide more in the event of a catastrophic emergency.
The RFP requires that the vendor provides food storage in Fairbanks and Anchorage, and that the vendor manage both the locations and rotation of food stock. The RFP calls upon the private sector to provide creative solutions that will be evaluated by the State’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The RFP’s scope of work does not require the construction of new facilities.
“We anticipate the private sector will have creative solutions that incorporate Alaska’s existing food storage and distribution network,” said John Madden, director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. “All proposals that meet the RFP requirements will be evaluated and we will engage in a contract with the vendor that best meets the goals set forth by the Governor.”
The RFP establishes a timeline where the approved contractor will provide storage capabilities and take possession of 1/3 of food items by Dec. 31, 2012. The delivery of remaining food to the State will be staggered over three years.
RFP responses due by 2:00 PM Sept. 21, 2012.
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