National Advisory Council Meets Friday in D.C.

Posted at 10:30 a.m.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency will be holding the next National Advisory Council (NAC) public meeting this Friday, April 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT at the Hilton Garden Inn Capitol Hill Hotel, 1225 First Street, NE in Washington, D.C. 

A public comment period will be held from 3:30-4 p.m. Those not attending and who wish to submit comments please visit the NAC website for additional information.
During the meeting, the NAC will meet with the FEMA administrator and FEMA deputy administrator to review the progress and/or potential recommendations of its three subcommittees:  Preparedness and Protection; Response and Recovery; and Federal Insurance and Mitigation.  The NAC will specifically discuss:

  • How FEMA allocates planning, training and funding resources to ensure whole community response and recovery efforts are sustainable.
  • National Mass Care Strategy.
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS).
  • National Flood Insurance Program – Group Flood Insurance Policy.
  • Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.
  • FEMA Qualification System (FQS).
  • Sandy Recovery Improvement Act.

In addition, the FEMA Program Offices will brief the Council on emerging topics in emergency management.

The National Advisory Council was established to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of Federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other man-made disasters. The NAC advises the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management and incorporates federal, state, local, and tribal governments, and private sector partners’ input into the development and revision of FEMA policies and strategies.  

For information on facilities or services for individuals with disabilities or to request special assistance at the meeting, contact the Office of the NAC by email at For more information on the NAC, visit

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3 responses to “National Advisory Council Meets Friday in D.C.”

  1. Lawrence J. Goodrich says :

    It’s interesting to receive information such as this. But can you tell me why no information was sent out about the Tornado Watch that Fairfax County was under all last Friday afternoon?

    • fairfaxcounty says :

      Weather watches are reported on the county’s Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN), as well as the county’s various social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook, which has the ability to automatically publish these notifications from the National Weather Service as soon as they are received.

      We don’t traditionally post weather watches, which mean that the potential exists for a specific condition, on the emergency information blog since so many weather watches can be issued during a short period of time. This is especially true during the summer with thunderstorm watches, etc., moving through the county that trigger almost constant NWS watches being issued. We do, however, try and publish weather warnings since they mean that a severe storm is occurring or is imminent based on radar, etc.

      To ensure that you receive the most up-to-date weather watches and warnings, we encourage you to sign up for CEAN alerts at You can receive the weather information 24/7 or only between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and via both email as well as text message on your cellphone if you desire.

      Thanks for subscribing to the blog, following our information and for your question.