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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. 

About National Advisory Council 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 About Applying 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.

View FEMA's 2019-2020 NAC Membership List


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 subcommittees that address the group’s charges for 2020:

  • Vision Subcommittee
  • Capacity Subcommittee
  • Equity Subcommittee

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

View Previous NAC Recommendations and Responses

NAC Meetings and Authorities

2020 Meetings

July 29-30, 2020  -  Virtual Meeting

November 17-19, 2020  -  Hybrid Virtual/in-person

You can find notes and information from our previous NAC meetings.


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.

Contact Us

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