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National Advisory Council


This page provides information about the FEMA National Advisory Council, current membership, meeting information, and more.


The FEMA 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. 

Applications to NAC Membership

FEMA is not currently accepting applications for NAC membership. Check back in early 2017 for information about open positions and applying to the FEMA NAC. More information about the application process can be found here.


The NAC consists 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 are 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.

In August 2016, the Administrator appointed new members to the NAC, with terms beginning September 2016. See the press release.

  • James Akerelrea - Elected Tribal Government Officials – Rep
  • Gabriele Almon – FEMA Administrator Selection (Emerging Leader) - SGE
  • Brett Bailey - Communications - SGE
  • Peter Barca - Elected State Government Officials – Rep
  • Meloyde Batten-Mickens - FEMA Administrator Selection - SGE
  • Donna Boston – FEMA Administrator Selection - SGE
  • Sarita Chung - In-Patient Medical Providers - SGE
  • Jeanne-Aimee De Marrais - FEMA Administrator Selection - SGE
  • Jerry Demings – Elected Local Government Officials - Rep
  • Gerard Dio - Emergency Response Providers - Rep
  • Jim Featherstone - Emergency Management - Rep
  • Lee Feldman - FEMA Administrator Selection - SGE
  • Scott Field - FEMA Administrator Selection – SGE
  • Peter Ginaitt – Standards Setting and Accrediting -- Rep
  • Jeffrey Hansen - Non-Elected Tribal Government Officials – Rep
  • Eugene Henry – Non-Elected Local Government Official - Rep
  • Chris Howell - FEMA Administrator Selection - SGE
  • June Kailes - Access and Functional Needs - SGE
  • Emily Kidd - Emergency Medical Providers - SGE
  • Nim Kidd – Non-Elected State Government Official – Rep
  • 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
  • Catherine Nelson - Cyber Security - SGE
  • Robert Salesses - U.S. Department of Defense - Ex Officio
  • Teresa Scott – Standards Setting and Accrediting – Rep
  • Michael Sprayberry - Emergency Response Providers - Rep
  • Jeff Stern – Emergency Management -- Rep
  • Guy Swan - FEMA Administrator Selection - SGE
  • Darryll Wong - FEMA Administrator Selection - SGE
  • Phil Zarlengo - FEMA Administrator Selection - SGE
  • Daniel Zarrilli - Infrastructure Protection - SGE

For more information on how to apply to be considered for NAC membership, visit our application page.


Dates for 2016 National Advisory Council in-person meetings are:

Information and materials from past meetings can be found using the left-hand navigation title Archive of Meeting Materials.

September 13-15, 2016 Meeting

Meeting Times:

Tuesday, September 13: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, September 14: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 15: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Meeting Location: The Doubletree located at 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202 

Agenda: On Tuesday, September 13, the NAC will review FEMA’s response from the NAC’s May 2016 recommendations, receive briefings from FEMA Executive Staff (Office of Response and Recovery, National Preparedness Directorate, and Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration), and will hear from a FEMA Deputy Regional Administrator about activities in the FEMA Regions.

On Wednesday, September 14, the NAC will engage in an open discussion with the FEMA Administrator and FEMA Deputy Administrator and hear from a panel of experts on disaster-related technology.  The three NAC subcommittees (Federal Insurance and Mitigation Subcommittee, Preparedness and Protection Subcommittee, and Response and Recovery Subcommittee) and the Spontaneous Volunteers Ad Hoc Subcommittee will provide reports to the NAC about their work, whereupon the NAC will deliberate on any recommendations presented in the subcommittees' reports, and, if appropriate, vote on recommendations for the FEMA Administrator.

On Thursday, September 15, the NAC will review agreed upon recommendations, receive an update on tribal issues as related to emergency management, and hear a brief regarding the Integrated Public Alert Warning System (IPAWS) subcommittee.

Meeting Materials: FEMA will post the full agenda and meeting materials to this webpage by Friday, September 9.

Registration: The meeting is open to the public. FEMA askes attendees to register prior to the meeting by providing your name, telephone number, e-mail address, title, and organization to the Office of the National Advisory Council at

Accessible Accommodations: For information on facilities or services for individuals with disabilities or to request special assistance at the meeting, contact the Office of the NAC.

Public Participation: To facilitate public participation, members of the public are invited to provide written comments on the issues to be considered by the NAC. The Agenda outlines these issues.  Written comments must be submitted and received by 5 p.m. EDT on September 11, 2016, 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.
  • Instructions:  All submissions received must include the words “Federal Emergency Management Agency” and the docket number for this action.  Comments received will be posted without alteration at, including any personal information provided. 
  • Docket:  For access to the docket to read comments received by the NAC, go to, and search for the Docket ID listed above.
  • Oral Comments: The NAC will hear public comments on Wednesday, September 14 from 3-3:15 p.m. EDT. All speakers must limit their comments to 3 minutes.  Comments should be addressed to the NAC.  Any comments not related to the agenda topics will not be considered by the NAC. 
  • Register by September 11, 2016, to make remarks during the public comment period by contacting:

Deana Platt, Designated Federal Officer
Office of the National Advisory Council
Federal Emergency Management Agency
500 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20472-3184
Telephone (202) 646-2700
Fax (540) 504-2331

  • Please note that the public comment period may end before the time indicated, following the last call for comments.


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 ad hoc subcommittee: the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Subcommittee, the Preparedness and Protection Subcommittee, the Response and Recovery Subcommittee, and the Spontaneous Volunteers Ad Hoc Subcommittee.


The NAC forwarded recommendations from the May 2016 meeting to the FEMA Administrator on June 2, 2016. Read memo.

The NAC forwarded recommendations from the February 2016 meeting to the FEMA Administrator on February 19, 2016. Read memo and FEMA's response.

The NAC forwarded recommendations from the September 2015 meeting to the FEMA Administrator on October 16, 2015. Read memo.

The NAC forwarded recommendations from the March 2015 meeting to the FEMA Administrator on March 31, 2015. Read memo and FEMA's response.

The NAC forwarded recommendations from the September 2014 meeting to the FEMA Administrator on October 15, 2014. Read memo and FEMA's response.

The NAC forwarded recommendations from the March 2014 meeting to the FEMA Administrator on May 6, 2014. Read the memo and FEMA's response.

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

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Last Updated: 
08/22/2016 - 08:57