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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 the NAC

The Office of the NAC is currently accepting applications for consideration of appointment to the NAC in September 2016. The deadline to apply has been extended to Thursday, March 24. 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. For a complete list of NAC members, please click here.

The Administrator appointed new members to the NAC in September 2015. Read the news release about the appointed members.

  • James Akerelrea - Elected Tribal Government Officials - Rep
  • Beth Armstrong - Standard Settings and Accrediting - Rep
  • Brett Bailey - Communications - SGE
  • Meloyde Batten-Mickens - FEMA Administrator Selection - SGE
  • Peter Barca - Elected State Government Officials - Rep
  • Sarita Chung - In-Patient Medical Providers - SGE
  • Mark Cooper - Emergency Management - Rep
  • 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
  • Jeffrey Hansen - Non-Elected Tribal Government Officials - Rep
  • Chris Howell - FEMA Administrator Selection - SGE
  • June Kailes - Access and Functional 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
  • Catherine Nelson - Cyber Security - SGE
  • Robert Salesses - U.S. Department of Defense - Ex Officio
  • Michael Sprayberry - Emergency Response Providers - Rep
  • Teresa Scott - FEMA Administrator Selection - SGE
  • 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.


The NAC anticipates three in-person meetings in 2016. More information about these meetings, including the agendas and public participation is forthcoming.

  • February 9-11, 2016 in Raleigh, NC (More information about this meeting is below.)
  • May 10-12, 2016 in Texas
  • September 13-15, 2016 in Washington, DC

In 2015, the NAC met in public session twice:

A list of past meetings and related materials can be found using the left-hand navigation titled Archive of Meeting Materials.

February 9-11, 2016 Meeting

Meeting Times:

Tuesday, February 9: 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, February 10: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 11: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Meeting Location: North Carolina Office of Emergency Management located at 1636 Gold Star Drive in Raleigh, N.C., 27607.  

Agenda: On Tuesday, February 9, the NAC will review FEMA’s response from the NAC’s September 2015 Meeting Recommendations, receive briefings from FEMA Executive Staff (FEMA Office of Response and Recovery, FEMA National Preparedness Directorate, and FEMA Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration), and engage in a facilitated group discussion on the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

On Wednesday, February 10, the NAC will hear from a  FEMA Regional Administrator about activities in the FEMA Regions and engage in an open discussion with the FEMA Administrator.  The three NAC subcommittees: Federal Insurance and Mitigation Subcommittee, Preparedness and Protection Subcommittee, and Response and Recovery Subcommittee, will then 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.  The subcommittee reports will be posted on the NAC web page by 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 10.  The NAC will receive a briefing about the FEMA Youth Preparedness Council and engage in a facilitated discussion of the status of previously submitted NAC recommendations.

On Thursday, February 11, the NAC will hear remarks from the NAC Chair and Vice Chair, review agreed upon recommendations and confirm charges for the subcommittees, and engage in an open discussion with the FEMA Deputy Administrator.  The meeting will conclude with two NAC member presentations.

Meeting Materials: For the full agenda and any meeting materials, please click here.

Registration: All attendees must provide a valid government I.D., such as a driver’s license, to access the building. It is recommended that attendees register with FEMA prior to the meeting by providing your name, telephone number, e-mail address, title, and organization to the Office of the NAC 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 5:00 p.m. EST on February 8, 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: A public comment period will be held on Wednesday, February 10 from 4:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. EST. 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.  To register to make remarks during the public comment period, contact the individual listed below by February 8, 2016.  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 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 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

Information on how to submit a FOIA Claim.

Last Updated: 
03/15/2016 - 09:39