FEMA Seeks Applicants for National Advisory Council

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Private Sector Division


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requests that qualified individuals who are interested in serving on the FEMA National Advisory Council (NAC) submit an application to be considered for appointment.

The NAC is a federal advisory committee of up to 35 members that advises the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management to ensure input from and coordination with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and the private sector on federal plans, programs, and strategies for all hazards. The NAC provides consensus recommendations to the Administrator and gives FEMA access to expertise, information, and advice on a broad range of issues. Topics of recent recommendations included provision of medical countermeasures, duplication of benefits in the Individual Assistance Program, and tribal partnerships training.

NAC members represent a geographically diverse mix of officials, emergency managers, and emergency response providers from all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, tribes and the private sector. Individuals appointed to these positions represent the whole community and bring their experience and expertise, along with their diversity of views and willingness to express them.

FEMA is now accepting applications for open positions in the following discipline areas:

  • Elected Local Government Official (one representative appointment)
  • Elected State Government Official (one representative appointment)
  • Emergency Management Field (one representative appointment)
  • Emergency Response Providers, which includes fire, law enforcement, hazardous materials response, emergency medical services, and organizations representing emergency response providers (two representative appointments)
  • Communications Expert, an expert in communications infrastructure, public safety and first responder communications systems and networks, and/or broadcast, cable, satellite, wireless, or wireline services and networks (one Special Government Employee, or SGE)
  • Cybersecurity Expert, an expert in protecting and defending information and communications systems from damage, unauthorized use or modification, or exploitation, (one SGE)
  • In-Patient Medical Provider, a provider of medical care to patients admitted to a healthcare facility, such as a hospital or skilled nursing facility (one SGE)
  • Administrator Selections (up to two SGE appointments)

All appointments are for three-year terms beginning in September 2018. Applications must be received on or before March 18, 2018.

Detailed instructions on how to apply can be found at: http://www.fema.gov/membership-applications and in the forthcoming Federal Register notice.

The Public as a Resource

BY W. CRAIG FUGATE  /  JULY 12, 2017  /  Source: govtech.com/em

In the case of almost any disaster, the fastest response will be from your neighbor.

Far too often, organizations consider the public a liability — something to be rescued in an emergency situation. The opposite is true. The public is one of our greatest resources in times of crisis and should be included as an important part of your resilience planning and training.

Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management Presents
Free DHS-Certified Public-Private Partnerships Workshops

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Free P3 workshop coming to Rhode Island this August!

Thank you to Donald Vincent, FEMA Community Preparedness Specialist, for the opportunity to present at the FEMA Region I webinar today regarding MACEM Training and Education Pathways. Maturing Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Workshop opens on August 10-11, 2017, Cranston, Rhode Island. Expand YOUR network – register at: Maturing Public-Private Partnerships Workshop

On August 10, 2017, key stakeholders in FEMA Region I will converge for a free P3 workshop to bolster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts sponsored by the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA). Continue reading

New! Maturing Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Workshops!

Capitalizing on input from participants, instructors, and hosts of the original 3-day workshops sponsored by DHS, the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management (MACEM) has reformatted the delivery, making the following modifications:

  • Related materials and topics were consolidated to streamline the delivery;
  • Exercises were restructured to support the consolidated materials;
  • The target audience was expanded to ensure participation by representatives of the private sector.

Without modifying the participants’ objectives, the Workshop was reduced to a 14-hour offering to permit 2-day delivery.  The new 2-day workshops are designed to assist participants in expanding collaboration, engagement, and resilience.

Learn more about the 2-day workshops here!

Public Safety Educators Engage in the Dialogue

By: Kathy L. Francis, MS, CEM, MDPEMP
Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management

Public safety professions are dynamic, ever-changing, and rely heavily on networking. When was the last time you critically reviewed your professional networks and listservs to ensure that you are connected with progressive and innovative groups? I offer a few ideas for you to explore and encourage you to join this post and share your networking ideas with our team. Continue reading

Characteristics of a Resilient Nation in 2030

The nation, from individuals to the highest levels of government, has embraced a “culture of resilience.” Information on risks to and vulnerability of individuals and communities is transparent and easily accessible to all. Proactive investments and policy decisions, including those for preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery, have reduced the loss of lives, costs, and socioeconomic impacts of disasters. Community coalitions are widely organized, recognized, and supported to provide essential services before and after disasters occur. Recovery after disasters is rapid and includes funding from private capital. The per-capita federal cost of responding to disasters has been declining for a decade.

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Evidence of Impact: Making the Arts Community an Essential Part of Local Emergency Management

By: Kathy Francis, MS, CEM, MDPEMP

Disasters are becoming more frequent, intense, and complex, and require the engagement of all aspects of society. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has embraced the whole community concept throughout all of the phases of emergency management. Communities are becoming more adept at connecting the public and private sectors to address the many challenges of ensuring safe, resilient communities. As we continue to learn, train, and respond together as whole community teams, we greatly improve our services and ability to respond and recover from catastrophe.

As 2017 emerges, reflect upon the breadth of your public-private partnerships. Are you adapting and growing with the lessons learned from recent disasters across the globe? I encourage you to consider involving the arts community in your local emergency management planning, and especially involving them in your public-private partnership efforts during all phases of emergency management. Continue reading