In case of emergencies caused by fire, water, or wind/tornadoes, what steps should state agencies, Alabama Community
College System (ACCS) institutions, universities and other non-ACCS public postsecondary schools, and K-12 schools follow?
- Address the immediate crisis.
- Call the insurance carrier.
- Declare an emergency.
- Secure the services of an architect or engineer.
- Solicit at least three contractors’ proposals.
Step 1: Address the Immediate Crisis
Property owners may contact a licensed and insured contractor without advertisement for bids (a written quote must still be
secured) only to address the immediate crisis which typically involves sealing the building, drying it out and securing the
area. This work is limited to stopping damage to assets and securing the area for the health and safety of the public.
Owners may authorize such work through a Purchase Order/Priority Authorization (in which case the policies and procedures
established by the Alabama Department of Finance-Division of Purchasing must be followed) or other contracting means
available to the owner.
Step 2: Call the Insurance Carrier
After contacting a contractor to address the immediate crisis, promptly call the owner's insurance carrier. If the carrier is the Alabama
Division of Risk Management, call 334-223-6146 to report a property claim. An adjuster will be sent to the site typically within twenty-four hours.
Step 3: Declare an Emergency
First determine which of the following Sections of the Code of Alabama,
1975, as amended, is applicable to the emergency: Sections 29-2-41.1, 39-2-2(e), 41-16-23 and/or 41-16-72(6). Declare
an emergency by sending a letter to the Governor’s Office and emailing a copy of the letter to DCM Director Frank
Barnes at email@example.com. The letter
must be addressed to the Governor (and to the Attorney General if Section 41-16-72(6) is applicable), must reference
the applicable Sections of the Code of Alabama, must briefly describe the emergency affecting any of the following
applicable basis: public health, safety, security, convenience involved in delay and/or economic welfare of the State,
must note the intent to secure a design professional or the name of the Architectural/Engineering firm if one has already
been selected, must note the intent to solicit construction proposals for repair and/or replacement, and must include the
Governor's Approval signature space.
Download a Declaration of Emergency template - updated July 2020.
Step 4: Secure the Services of an Architect or Engineer
An emergency declaration allows owners to secure the services of an Architect or Engineer (design professional) through a
formal selection process or informally without a request for qualifications. The design professional will assess the
site, recommend any actions to prevent further damage and may also issue plans and specifications to repair damaged areas
and replace equipment. Such services require the issuance of an Agreement Between Owner and Architect (O/A Agreement) for
the design professional to be paid. The agreement must be limited to addressing the immediate crisis, and repair and/or
replacement work in order to meet the emergency and cannot go beyond the scope of such work. O/A Agreements for
fully locally-funded K-12 emergency projects must be submitted to the State Department of Education (SDE) State School
Architect’s office for review. O/A Agreements for State Agencies, ACCS educational institutions and PSCA-funded
emergency projects must be submitted to Division of Construction Management (DCM) for review.
The following additional terms are applicable only to state agencies whose professional services contracts are reviewed
by Contract Review Permanent Legislative Oversight Committee:
- If the emergency is based on public health or safety, a contract may be let for the time period necessary to alleviate the emergency without Legislative Oversight Committee review.
- Contracts based upon economic welfare emergencies that last 60 days or less do not require Legislative Oversight Committee review.
- Contracts based upon economic welfare emergencies lasting more than 60 days must be reviewed by Legislative Oversight Committee.
- Emergency contracts based on “convenience” may be let for the time period necessary to alleviate the emergency but must be reviewed by Legislative Oversight Committee regardless of the duration of the contract.
Note: Any construction which affects code compliance beyond addressing the immediate crisis requires plans and
specifications to be issued by a duly licensed Architect or Engineer; such plans and specifications must be submitted to
DCM for plan review.
Step 5: Solicit at Least Three Contractors’ Proposals
An emergency declaration allows owners and design professionals to formally advertise for bids or informally solicit
proposals from at least three different contractors for any repair and/or replacement work and issue a bid tabulation.
Documentation must show a minimum of three proposals were sought even if a lesser number respond. Repair and/or
replacement work requires the issuance of a construction contract for a contractor to be paid. Designers
shall include the bid tab with the prepared construction contract documents. Contracts for state agencies, ACCS and
PSCA-funded emergency projects must be submitted to DCM for review. Contracts for fully locally-funded K-12 emergency projects must be submitted
to the SDE School Architect’s office for review. The contract must be limited to repair and/or replacement work in
order to meet the emergency and cannot go beyond the scope of such work.
- When a declared-emergency project is under DCM jurisdiction the only exceptions to normal project requirements are the request for qualifications
of design professionals, the advertisement for bids, and sealed bids. All other project requirements in the DCM
Manual of Procedures must be met.
- All repair and/or replacement plans and specifications with code compliance items for state agencies, ACCS,
PSCA-funded projects and all public and private K-12 projects are submitted to DCM for plan review which
requires payment of plan review fees. O/A Agreements and contracts for state agencies, ACCS and
PSCA-funded projects are submitted to DCM for review which requires payment of contract document administration fees.
Repair and/or replacement work for state agencies, ACCS, PSCA-funded projects and locally-funded K-12 projects
requires a DCM Inspector-facilitated pre-construction conference, and the construction is inspected by DCM
Inspectors; such services require payment of the permit fee. See DCM Manual of Procedures,
Forms and User Fees.
- For further guidance see Code of Alabama,
1975, as amended, Sections 29-2-41.1, 39-2-2(e), 41-16-23, and 41-16-72(6), and/or contact DCM staff.