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National Advisory Council

The National Advisory Council (NAC) advises the Administrator on all aspects of emergency management, including preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other manmade disasters. Legislation required that FEMA establish the NAC to ensure input from and coordination with state, local, tribal and territorial governments, nonprofit, and private-sector emergency management communities on the development and revision of plans and strategies; the administration of and assessment of FEMA’s grant programs; and the development and evaluation of risk assessment methodologies.

About National Advisory Committee Membership


The NAC consists of up to 35 members appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the Administrator as Representatives, Special Government Employees (SGEs), or Ex Officio. To the extent practical, members are geographically diverse and represent a substantive cross-section of officials, emergency managers, and emergency response providers from state, local, tribal and territorial governments, the private sector and nongovernmental organizations.

The Administrator appoints NAC members to three-year terms, with approximately one-third expiring each year. NAC members may apply to serve a consecutive three-year term.

Learn more about NAC duties and visit our application page to join the council


The Administrator is pleased to include the following individuals on the FEMA National Advisory Council.  You can read more about the latest advisory members from FEMA News Release from Oct. 15, 2019.

FEMA’s 2019-2020 National Advisory Committee Membership.


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.

The NAC has three standing subcommittees that are comprised entirely of NAC members:

  • Federal Insurance and Mitigation Subcommittee
  • Preparedness and Protection Subcommittee
  • Response and Recovery Subcommittee

Learn about the subcommittees recommendations and responses.

The NAC also has had two Congressionally mandated subcommittees, both subcommittees have stood down and are not active.


July 29-30, 2020    -    Virtual Meeting

November 17-19   -    Hybrid Virtual/in-person

You can find information from our previous meetings online.

Contact Us

Jasper Cooke
Director, Office of the National Advisory Council
Phone: 202-646-2700
Fax: 540-504-2331

Last updated Jul 29, 2020

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