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FEMA appoints county officials to national advisory council

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Before his Feb. 13 resignation, Brock Long, administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), appointed 10 new members to serve three-year terms on FEMA’s National Advisory Council, including three officials representing county governments.

NACo Past President Bryan Desloge of Leon County, Fla., along with Juan Perez, director of the Miami-Dade County, Fla. Police Department and Kevin Staley, the retired deputy director of Mecklenburg County, N.C.’s Emergency Management Services Agency, were all appointed to serve on the advisory council.

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Apply for FEMA’s National Advisory Council 

Applications must be received on or before March 15

The federal advisory committee of up to 35 members encompasses state, local, tribal and private sector emergency management communities. Committee members are expected to attend the advisory council’s two annual in-person meetings. Its goal is to ensure input and coordination across these different groups in order to advise FEMA on all aspects of preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation for natural and man-made disasters.

Additionally, FEMA is now accepting applications for 12 open positions. All appointments are for a three-year term beginning in September 2019. Applications must be received on or before March 15. The open positions must represent the following professions:

  • Disabilities and access and functional needs (one appointment).
  • Elected state government official (one appointment).
  • Emergency management (one appointment).
  • Emergency medical provider (one special-government employee).
  • Non-elected local government (one appointment).
  • Non-elected state government (one appointment).
  • Public health (one special-government employee).
  • Standards setting and accrediting (one regular-government employee).
  • Administrator’s selection (three special-government employees).
  • Ex Officio (one regular-government employee).

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Legislative Associate

Brett joined NACo in May of 2018 and serves as a Legislative Associate. He assists on legislative research, writing and federal advocacy on issues related to Justice & Public Safety, Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs, as well as providing legislative support for the Legislative Director.