National Advisory Council Meeting


The Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Advisory Council (NAC) met on November 2 and 3, 2021. The meeting was open to the public through virtual means.

Date: November 2, 2021 - November 3, 2021

Time: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Location: Virtual

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Event Details

The FEMA National Advisory Council met November 2-4, 2021. During this meeting, NAC subcommittees presented recommendations on the topics of equity, potential improvements to the public and individual assistance programs, workforce support, risk-informed decision making, and ideas of restructuring FEMA. Moreover, the NAC discussed and considered with selected experts and leadership how to best approach the consideration of issues of equity, climate adaptation, and readiness in 2022. 


  1. The Council adopts 2021 recommendations.
  2. FEMA previews the upcoming FEMA 2022-2026 Strategic Plan.
  3. FEMA Administrator addresses her Council.
  4. Through presentations and panel discussions, the Council and FEMA deliberate on strategic objectives.
  5. NAC Subcommittees are aligned to the strategic plan goals.

Please refer to the Federal Registry Notice (FRN) for additional information.


Tuesday, November 2nd

Times Activities
8:30 am – 9:00 am Welcome and Safety Briefing
9:00 am – 9:45 am Introductions
9:45 am – 10:00 am Public Comment Period
10:00 am – 11:00 am NAC Equity Subcommittee Report & Discussion
11:00 am – 12:00 pm NAC Expedite Disaster Assistance Subcommittee Report & Discussion
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm NAC Vision 2045 Subcommittee Report & Discussion
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm NAC 2021 Recommendations Slate Voting
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm FEMA “EMI Anywhere”: Dr. Jeff Stern, Superintendent, Emergency Management Institute
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Functional Recovery: Dr. Steve McCabe, Director, National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program
Introduction by Dr. Anna Lang
3:45 pm – 4:15 pm FEMA National Preparedness Investment Strategy: Joel Doolin, Director, National Assessments & Integration
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm NAC Strategy Going Forward - Alignment to the 2022-2026 FEMA Strategic Plan: NAC Leadership Team and Designated Federal Officer
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Day 1 Wrap and Announcements

Wednesday, November 3rd

Times Activities
8:30 am – 8:45 am Open Meeting and Announcements
8:45 am – 9:00 am Public Comment
9:00 am – 10:00 am The 2022-2026 FEMA Strategic Plan:
Cynthia Spishak, Associate Administrator, Office of Policy and Program Analysis
10:00 am – 11:30 am Equity – Remarks and Discussion with FEMA Leaders:
David Bibo, Associate Administrator (Acting), Office of Response and Recovery
Justin Knighten, Director, Office of External Affairs
Victoria Salinas, Associate Administrator, Resilience
Kevin Sligh, Equity Advisor to the Administrator
Tony Robinson, Region 6 Administrator
11:30 pm – 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm – 12:40 pm Introduction of the FEMA Administrator:
NAC Chair Nim Kidd, Chief, Texas Division of Emergency Management
12:40 pm – 1:00 pm NAC 2022 Focus Areas:
Deanne Criswell, Administrator
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Open Dialogue – NAC and Administrator Discussion:
Deanne Criswell, Administrator
Nancy Dragani, Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Administrator
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Climate Adaptation – Remarks and Discussion with FEMA Leaders
Kristin Fontenot, Director, Office of Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation, FIMA 
Vincent Maykovich, Region 10 Administrator
Keith Turi, Assistant Administrator, Recovery Directorate
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Readiness – Remarks and Discussion with FEMA Leaders
Jeff Dorko, Deputy Associate Administrator (Acting), Office of Response and Recovery
Dr. Melissa Forbes, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Recovery Directorate
Eric Leckey, Deputy Associate Administrator, Mission Support
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Day 2 Wrap and Announcements
5:30 pm End of the Fall NAC Meeting public scheduled events


Event Contact

Rob Long, Designated Federal Officer
Office of the National Advisory Council
Federal Emergency Management Agency
500 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20472-3184
202-646-2700 or Email

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