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.
- Beth Armstrong - Standard Settings - Rep
- Joseph Bolkcom - State Elected Officials - Rep
- Sarita Chung - In-Patient Medical Providers - SGE
- Mark Cooper - Emergency Management - Rep
- Jerry Demings - Local Elected Official - Rep
- Nancy Dragani - State Non-Elected Officials - Rep
- Jim Featherstone - Emergency Management - Rep
- Lee Feldman - Local Non-Elected Officials - Rep
- Edward Gabriel - Infrastructure Protection - RGE
- 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
- Clifton Lacy - Health Scientist - SGE
- Linda Langston - FEMA Administrator Selection - SGE
- Brian Lugo - Tribal Elected Officials - Rep
- Suzet McKinney - Public Health - SGE
- Thomas Powers - Cyber Security - SGE
- Richard Reed - FEMA Administrator Selection - SGE
- Robert Salesses - U.S. Department of Defense - Ex Officio
- Pat Santos - Emergency Response - Rep
- Teresa Scott - FEMA Administrator Selection - SGE
- Dennis Storemski - Emergency Response - Rep
- Guy Swan - FEMA Administrator Selection - SGE
- Mary Troupe - Disabilities - SGE
- Jeff Walker - Emergency Management - Rep
- Phil Zarlengo - FEMA Administrator Selection - SGE
For more information on membership applications, please click on Membership Applications using the left-hand navigation.
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.
The next meeting of the NAC is scheduled for September 17-18, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. More information about the agenda and registering as a public speaker will be provided in advance of the meeting.
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.
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
Office of the National Advisory Council
Federal Emergency Management Agency
500 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20472-3184