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Alaska looking for 'creative solutions' for emergency food supply

Alaska Dispatch

The state of Alaska issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on Aug. 9, asking "approved state contractors" to submit "emergency food ideas and solutions" to be evaluated by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

According to press release, the RFP is looking for "supply, management and storage options" from contractors that can deliver idea options for enough food to feed at least 40,000 people for seven days in the event of an emergency. Contractors will also have to "account for how to store the items in readily accessible locations, rotate expired items, and the capability to provide more" should disaster strike. All food and storage will centralize in the two largest cities in Alaska, Fairbanks and Anchorage, and interested contractors will be responsible for managing both locations.

John Madden, director of Alaska's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said, “We anticipate the private sector will have creative solutions that incorporate Alaska’s existing food storage and distribution network.” He added, “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.”

Interested? Respond to the RFP by 2 p.m. Sept. 21, 2012, with submissions.