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The National Advisory Council (NAC) was established by the enactment of the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of Federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other manmade disasters. The NAC advises the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management. The NAC incorporates state, local, and tribal governments; nonprofit, and private sector input in the development and revision of the National Preparedness Goal, the National Preparedness System, the National Incident Management System, and other related plans and strategies. 


The NAC shall consist of up to 35 members appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the Administrator. Members are designated as Representatives, Special Government Employees (SGEs), or Ex Officio. SGEs are defined in section 202(a) of Title 18 United States Code. To the extent practicable, the members shall be geographically diverse and represent a substantive cross-section of officials, emergency managers, and emergency response providers from state, local, and tribal governments, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations.

The current members of the NAC are listed below. The Administrator appoints one member of the NAC as the Chair and one member as the Vice Chair. Currently, Jim Featherstone is the Chair, and Teresa Scott is the Vice Chair. Please click here for a complete list of members.

The Administrator recently appointed new members to the NAC. Please click here for the news release about the newly appointed members.

  • James Akerelrea - Elected Tribal Government Officials - Rep
  • Beth Armstrong - Standard Settings and Accrediting - Rep
  • Meloyde Batten-Mickens - Administrator Selection - Rep
  • Joseph Bolkcom - Elected State Government Officials - Rep
  • Sarita Chung - In-Patient Medical Providers - SGE
  • Mark Cooper - Emergency Management - Rep
  • Jeanne-Aimee De Marrais - Administrator Selection – SGE
  • Jerry Demings – Elected Local Government Officials
  • Gerard Dio - Emergency Response Providers - Rep
  • Nancy Dragani - Non-Elected State Government Officials - Rep
  • Jim Featherstone - Emergency Management - Rep
  • Lee Feldman - Administrator Selection - SGE
  • Scott Field - Non-Elected Local Government Officials - Rep
  • Jeffrey Hansen - Non-Elected Tribal Government Officials - Rep
  • Chris Howell - FEMA Administrator Selection - Rep
  • June Kailes - Functional and Access Needs - SGE
  • Emily Kidd - Emergency Medical Providers - SGE
  • Nim Kidd - FEMA Administrator Selection - SGE
  • Anne Kronenberg - Emergency Response Providers - SGE
  • Linda Langston - FEMA Administrator Selection - SGE
  • Christopher Littlewood - Disabilities - SGE
  • Suzet McKinney - Public Health - SGE
  • Gerald Parker - Health Scientist - SGE
  • Samantha Phillips - Emergency Management - Rep
  • Thomas Powers - Cyber Security - SGE
  • Richard Reed - FEMA Administrator Selection - SGE
  • Robert Salesses - U.S. Department of Defense - Ex Officio
  • Pat Santos - Emergency Response Providers - Rep
  • Teresa Scott - FEMA Administrator Selection - SGE
  • Christopher Smith - Communications - SGE
  • Guy Swan - FEMA Administrator Selection - SGE
  • Fritz Wilson - Standard Settings and Accrediting - Rep
  • Phil Zarlengo - FEMA Administrator Selection - SGE
  • Daniel Zarrilli - Infrastructure Protection - SGE

For more information on membership applications, please click on Membership Applications using the left-hand navigation.

Upcoming Meetings

The NAC meets in public session approximately twice a year. The last public meeting of the NAC was on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. During the meeting, the NAC met with the FEMA Administrator and reviewed the progress and/or potential recommendations of its subcommittees. They also discussed: FEMA’s Strategic Plan; the National Preparedness Grant Program; the National Preparedness System; America’s PrepareAthon!; Disability Inclusive Emergency Management; and FEMA's Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Initiative.

For more information on the meeting and other past meetings, please click here to view a list of previous meetings and related materials.

September 17-18, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA

The next meeting of the NAC will be held at the Los Angeles Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on September 17 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and on September 18 from 8:30 am to 11:45 am PDT. The Los Angeles EOC is located at 500 E. Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.


During the meeting, the NAC will meet with the FEMA Administrator and leadership to receive program briefings and review the progress and/or potential recommendations of its three subcommittees:  Preparedness and Protection Subcommittee; Response and Recovery Subcommittee; and Federal Insurance and Mitigation Subcommittee. 

The NAC will also discuss other topics to include:

  • America’s PrepareAthon!;
  • FEMA’s Strategic Plan;
  • Public Health and Medical Integration in Emergency Management;
  • 2015 Special Olympics Preparations; and
  • Emergency Management Coordination on Colleges and Universities.

For the complete agenda and meeting materials, please click here.

Public Participation

A public comment period will be held on September 17 from 3:35 pm to 3:50 pm PDT.  There will also be an opportunity for public comments after each subcommittee report-outs on September 17 from 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm.

All visitors to the Los Angeles Emergency Operations Center are required to register with FEMA prior to the meeting in order to be admitted to the building.  Photo identification is required to access the building.  Please provide your name, telephone number, e-mail address, title, and organization by close of business on September 10 to the Office of the NAC.

To facilitate public participation, members of the public are invited to provide written comments on the issues to be considered by the NAC (see “Agenda”).  Written comments must be submitted and received by September 10, 2014, identified by Docket ID FEMA-2007-0008, and submitted by one of the following methods: 

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal:  Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • E-mail:  Include the docket number in the subject line of the message. 
  • Fax:  (540) 504-2331.
  • Mail:  Regulatory Affairs Division, Office of Chief Counsel, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Room 8NE, Washington, DC 20472-3100. 

Functional and Access Needs

For information on facilities or services for individuals with disabilities or to request special assistance at the meeting, please contact the Office of the NAC as soon as possible.


The NAC may establish subcommittees and working groups for any purpose consistent with its Charter. Subcommittees and working groups may not work independently from the NAC and must report their recommendations and advice to the NAC for full deliberation and discussions. Subcommittees and working groups have no authority to make decisions on behalf of the NAC and may not report directly to the Administrator or any other entity.

Currently, the NAC has three standing subcommittees and one working group: the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Subcommittee, the Preparedness and Protection Subcommittee, the Response and Recovery Subcommittee, and the Interdisciplinary Collaboration Working Group.


The NAC forwarded recommendations from the March 2014 meeting to the FEMA Administrator on May 6, 2014. The recommendation memo and FEMA's response to the NAC's recommendations can be viewed here.

Contact Information

For more information about the NAC or questions about this page, please contact the Office of the National Advisory Council.


Phone: (202) 646-2700

Fax: (540) 504-2331

Mailing Address:

Office of the National Advisory Council
Federal Emergency Management Agency
500 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20472-3184

Last Updated: 
09/10/2014 - 17:02
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