Next meeting of National Advisory Council announced

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Thursday that the next public meeting of the National Advisory Council will be held on March 19 at the Region III office in Pennsylvania.

The NAC will review progress and/or recommendations of the Preparedness and Protection; Response and Recovery; and Federal Insurance and Mitigation subcommittees with the FEMA administrator.

The council will also discuss FEMA's strategic plan, National Preparedness Grant Program, preparedness systems, disability inclusive emergency management and the Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Initiative.

The NAC will review America's PrepareAthon!, which will be introduced in the spring.

The program was initiated in Sept. 2013, and is a nationwide, community-based campaign to increase emergency preparedness through drills and group discussion. Each spring and fall, a nationalized event will take place for individuals, organizations and communities to practice their emergency preparedness.

The NAC was established in 2006 as part of the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act to ensure the federal government is prepared to respond, mitigate and recover after man-made and natural disasters. The council is made of emergency preparedness and response experts, and advises the FEMA administrator on all the facets of emergency management. The council works to incorporate federal, state, local, tribal and territorial governments, non-profit and private sector input into FEMA policies and procedures.