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Emergency Bids Explanation of emergency solicitations

Emergency bids are solicitations that are brought upon by an unpredictable event. Emergency bids “allow for a solution to an immediate problem until it can properly bid”1. In other words, they are short-term solutions rather than long-term solutions; they are not permanent. “They aren’t to be used for hardships resulting from neglect, poor planning, or lack of organization by the spending unit,”2. It is a known fact that emergencies cannot be avoided and they usually require fast “action, which would preclude the solicitation of formal bids. An emergency may be an actual or imminent life-threatening situation, a disaster which endangers the quality of life or has resulted in the loss of life, or one that may result in significant loss or damage to (public) property,” 3.

"Emergency & Sole Source Purchases." West Virgina - Purchasing Department. State of West Virginia. Web. <http:// www.state.wv.us/admin/purchase/training/2011ConfPPTs/11CONF_Emergency&SoleSourcePurchases.pdf>. 1

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Ibid

"Treasury Board Policy Suite." Welcome Page | Page D'accueil. Web. <http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pol/doc-eng.aspx? id=1449>. 3

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