On February 12, the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) announced ten appointees to its National Advisory Council (NAC), including three officials representing county governments. NACo Past President Bryan Desloge of Leon County, Fla., along with Director of Miami-Dade County, Fla.’s Police Department Juan Perez 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.
NAC is made up of 35 members encompassing state, local, tribal and private sector emergency management communities. Committee members are appointed to three-year terms and are expected to attend NAC’s two annual in-person meetings. NAC’s 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 manmade disasters.
NACo applauds FEMA for including county representatives on the advisory council and will continue to advocate for county interests in all aspects of emergency management and preparedness.