The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is requesting applicants for its National Advisory Council (NAC), an advisory committee to help ensure the coordination of federal preparedness for, protection from, response to, recovery from and mitigation of natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other manmade disasters. Applications will be accepted through March 4, 2011. Selected members would serve until June 15, 2014.

The NAC consists of 35 members appointed by the FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. The council is composed of federal, state, local, tribal and private-sector leaders and subject-matter experts in law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services. It also includes experts in public works, emergency management, state and local governments, public health, accrediting organizations, cybersecurity, communications and homeland security. Members serve without compensation from the federal government; however, they do receive travel reimbursement andper diem under applicable federal travel regulations, Fugate said.

“The NAC’s diverse membership, including state, local, tribal, private sector and nongovernmental partners, provides the best possible collaboration on various aspects of emergency management and homeland security,” he said. “Members have a critical role in engaging their respective communities to ensure that FEMA’s policies and strategies incorporate the important feedback, suggestions and advice from all of our partners who are involved in disaster activities.”

The NAC has positions open in the following disciplines: emergency management, emergency response, health scientist, standard settings, infrastructure protection, communications, disabilities, local non-elected official, tribal elected official and three appointments that will be selected at the discretion of Fugate. In addition, FEMA seeks applications to fill the remaining term for a local-elected official position (to serve until June 15, 2012), a state non-elected official position (to serve until June 15, 2013) and an administrator's selection (to serve until June 15, 2013).

Qualified individuals interested in serving on the NAC are invited to apply for appointment by submitting a resume or curriculum vitae. Letters of recommendation may also be provided but are not required.