RICHMOND – FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate announced that he has appointed Dr. Jeffrey Stern, Virginia’s state coordinator of emergency management, to the National Advisory Council (NAC) of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Stern was among five new members appointed to the advisory council that was established by federal law to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal emergency activities. Members represent the whole community and include representatives from a wide array of backgrounds and communities involved in or affected by the emergency management profession. The NAC consists of up to 35 members.
“I’m confident Dr. Stern will greatly benefit the NAC because of his knowledge, expertise and background in emergency management,” said Brian Moran, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security. “His leadership as state coordinator has been instrumental in our effort to transform the Virginia Department of Emergency Management in order to improve support of our local governments and better prepare the Commonwealth for all hazards.”
The NAC helps ensure ongoing and effective coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery and mitigation for natural and man-made disasters. The council’s advice has a direct impact across the agency, survivors and others.
The council provides recommendations to the FEMA administrator on a variety of emergency management issues. Council members recently devised ways to more effectively accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs and provide funding for those individuals, as well as support hazard mitigation for flood-prone housing.
Stern joins new NAC members from California, Florida and Rhode Island. Most appointments are for three-year terms on the NAC, which will have a public meeting in the Washington, D.C., area on Sept. 13 and 14. Additional information about the NAC is available at www.fema.gov/national-advisory-council.
Stern was appointed by Governor McAuliffe as state coordinator of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management in May 2014. He has held leadership positions in emergency management, public safety and homeland security, having served in local and federal government, the private sector and academia. He is the chairman of the Virginia E-911 Services Board and the State Administrative Agent for all federal homeland security and emergency management grant programs in the Commonwealth.
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Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
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