Request For Proposal (Updated) - NDPTC training course “Flooding Hazards: Science and Preparedness”
Fri, 06/09/2017 - 12:00pm

This is a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR) in support of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC). Funded by FEMA, NDPTC works collaboratively with other organizations to develop and deliver training and education in the areas of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery to governmental, private, tribal, and non-profit entities, and under-represented/under-served communities.

This RFP is being issued to solicit proposals from Contractors qualified to design and develop content for an awareness level NDPTC training course entitled “Flooding Hazards: Science and Preparedness”. The contract is intended for 4 months (ending September 30, 2017) and will be issued and administered as an Agreement for Services by PICHTR.

NDPTC is developing a new course to be certified by FEMA entitled “Flooding Hazards: Science and Preparedness”. The target audience for this course will be first responders, emergency managers, and community volunteers.  In this course, NDPTC aims to introduce the concepts of flood risk, flood forecasting, and safe flood preparation and response. The course will provide the information and hands-on exercises necessary for participants to better anticipate flood conditions, understand statements and warnings from official forecasting agencies, and prepare for the challenges of flood events.

NDPTC is seeking a Contractor having extensive experience in meteorology, hydrology, and/or flood planning and emergency management, with the ability to present technical and abstract concepts to a non-scientific audience to design and develop the content for the Flooding Hazards: Science and Preparedness course.

The course to be developed shall cover the following concepts at a minimum:

  • Basic statistics of frequency of, distribution of, and damage and fatalities due to flooding in the United States,
  • Overview of the meteorological and other phenomena that lead to riverine flooding, flash flooding, and coastal flooding and a discussion of the secondary hazards,
  • Factors that determine flood risk,
  • Introduction to FEMA flood risk maps and the National Flood Insurance Program,
  • Overview of the government agencies that monitor, forecast, and issue warnings for floods (i.e., NWS and USGS) and associated products
  • Interpreting public forecast and warning products,
  • Recommended preparation actions and safe response actions before, during and immediately after a flood.

NDPTC currently intends this course to be eight (8) hours long, including pre-testing, post-testing, breaks, and time for addressing administrative details; providing approximately 300 minutes of substantive content.

NDPTC intends that this course be developed at the awareness level, which means that a successful participant will gain the knowledge necessary to recognize and assess potentially hazardous situations. This course must combine lecture with interactive discussion and hands-on activities.

The Contractor is required to have prior experience in or extensive knowledge of the National Weather Service suite of public products including the public watch/warning/advisory system and their use in disaster/emergency management, as well as experience in course development, delivery and/or lecturing on basic meteorology, basic hydrology and/or flood preparedness. Experience with or knowledge of the National Flood Insurance Program and FEMA flood risk mapping is also desirable.

Proposals must provide a detailed plan for the development of a course that can train the target audience in the most effective and efficient manner possible. The proposed plan of action should be as detailed as possible and should include a narrative defending the proposed development plan from the standpoint of effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness and economy. Additionally, the proposed plan shall include a time line and cost for developing the required course.

For complete details, requirements and how to apply, please download the file below.


1. Bottom of page 4: Objective 2.a - Where can I find a copy of the FEMA approved Needs Assessment for the class?

The FEMA approved Needs Assessment for the class is attached to the RFP online.  Please download the revised RFP below.

2. Top of page 5:  3.a.iii and 3.b seem to conflict.  Is preparing sets of pre- and post-tests part of the deliverables?

There is no conflict-module 1 and the final module include administrative content that MUST be included in all courses along with the pre and post test.  3b includes the exception for special instructions, course agenda, course goals, course pre test and course post test to be provided by the contractor. 

3. Top of page 5: 4.b - what is the expected time frame for the 1-3 deliveries of the course?  Travel costs are not to be included, but should travel time and course delivery time(s) be included in the proposal?

Based on a fall FEMA pilot, best guesses are 1st in late July, 2nd in late August, and 3rd in October.  Any costs associated with the delivery of the course other than reimbursable travel costs as noted in Exhibit C of this RFP should be included in the contract proposal.

4. Exhibit A, Scope of Work, is blank

Exhibit A, Scope of Work, is actually part of RFP Exhibit C- Sample Contract. The Scope of Work is left blank because scope of work is different for each contract and cannot be templated in the sample. The scope of work in this particular contract will parallel the scope of work in the proposal.