FEMA requests applicants for National Advisory Council

The National Association of State EMS Officials recently reported that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking individuals to serve on the National Advisory Council.

The NAC works to provide effective coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery and mitigation for natural disasters and man-made disasters, such as acts of terrorism.

The council advises the FEMA administrator regarding emergency management, and incorporates community input through advisory council members.

The NAC is made of up to 35 members who are experts and leaders in their respective fields. Members are appointed for a three-year term by the FEMA administrator, and represent a diverse cross-section of officials, emergency managers and emergency responders from state, local and tribal governments, as well as the private sector. The council meets approximately twice a year.

The council has openings for emergency management, emergency response, non-elected local government officials, elected tribal government officials, non-elected tribal government officials, health science, communications, infrastructure protection, disabilities and standard setting and accrediting.

Those qualified for a position on the advisory council will have demonstrated skill and knowledge of federal relief programs and coordination of relief efforts, as well as experience working with high-level government officials. Qualified applicants will be able to provide technical advice, guidance and recommendations on critical program issues.

The deadline for applications is March 14, according to FEMA.