[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 192 (Wednesday, October 3, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 60452-60453]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-24320]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Federal Emergency Management Agency

[Docket ID FEMA-2007-0008]


National Advisory Council

AGENCY: Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

ACTION: Committee Management; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee 
Meeting.

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SUMMARY: The National Advisory Council will meet on October 18, 2012, 
in Arlington, VA. The meeting will be open to the public.

DATES: The National Advisory Council will meet Thursday, October 18, 
2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT. Please note that the meeting may 
close early if the committee has completed its business.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Key Bridge Marriott at 1401 
Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22201.
    For information on facilities or services for individuals with 
disabilities or to request special assistance at the meeting, contact 
the Office of the National Advisory Council as soon as possible. See 
contact information under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section 
below.
    To facilitate public participation, members of the public are 
invited to comment on the issues to be considered by the committee, as 
listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. Written comments or 
requests to make oral presentations must be submitted in writing no 
later than October 11, 2012 and must be identified by Docket ID FEMA-
2007-0008 and may be submitted by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail/Courier: Regulatory Affairs Division, Office of Chief 
Counsel, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Room 840, Washington, DC 20472-3100.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the words 
``Federal Emergency Management Agency'' and the Docket ID FEMA-2007-
0008 for this action. Comments received will be posted without 
alteration at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal 
information provided.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received by the National Advisory Council, go to http://www.regulations.gov.
    A public comment period will be held during the meeting from 10:15 
a.m. to 10:45 a.m. EDT. Speakers are requested to register in advance, 
be present and seated by 9:45 a.m. EDT, and limit their comments to 3 
minutes. With 3 minutes per speaker, the public comment period is 
limited to no more than 10 speakers. Please note that the public 
comment period may end before the time indicated, following the last 
call for comments. There will also be a brief opportunity for public 
comment after each subcommittee brief out. Any briefing materials will 
be posted to the NAC Web site, as they become available. Contact the 
Office of the National Advisory Council, to register as a speaker.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alexandra Woodruff, Alternate 
Designated Federal Officer, Office of the National Advisory Council, 
Federal Emergency Management Agency (Room 825), 500 C Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20472-3100, telephone (202) 212-4349, fax (540) 504-
2331, and email FEMA-NAC@fema.dhs.gov. The National Advisory Council 
Web site is located at: http://www.fema.gov/national-advisory-council.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice of this meeting is given under the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92-463). The 
National Advisory Council (NAC) advises the Administrator of the 
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on all aspects of emergency 
management. The NAC incorporates State, local, and Tribal governments, 
and private sector partners' input in the development and revision of 
FEMA policies and strategies. FEMA's Office of the NAC serves as the 
focal point for all NAC coordination.
    Agenda: The NAC will meet for the purpose of reviewing the progress 
and/or potential recommendations of its four subcommittees: 
Preparedness and Protection, Response and Recovery, Public Engagement 
and Mission Support, and Federal Insurance and Mitigation. New members 
will be sworn in at the beginning of the meeting, and the Administrator 
and Deputy Administrator will discuss the general state of FEMA with 
the members.
    The NAC will discuss the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) 
Reform Bill; FEMA's Private Sector Office initiative, the National 
Business Emergency Operation Center (NBEOC); youth preparedness and 
engagement; Mid-Level Career Program at the Emergency Management 
Institute (EMI); the Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI); the use of 
specialized international teams in response; and the FEMA Qualification 
System (FQS). A FEMA

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Program Office will brief the NAC on Emerging Topics in Emergency 
Management during lunch, scheduled for 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. EDT.
    In 1968, Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program 
(NFIP) to help provide a way for property owners to financially protect 
themselves by offering flood insurance if their community participates 
in the NFIP. Participating communities adopt and enforce ordinances 
that meet or exceed FEMA requirements to reduce the risk of flooding. 
FEMA announced the extension of the Preferred Risk Policy eligibility 
under the NFIP until further notice, as the Agency completes a study 
and analysis of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, 
signed into law by President Obama on July 6, 2012. More information 
can be found at http://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/about/nfip_overview.jsp.
    FEMA announced the first ever NBEOC under Emergency Support 
Function (ESF)-15 in the National Response Coordination Center. This 
NBEOC is envisioned as a groundbreaking new virtual organization that 
serves as FEMA's clearinghouse for two-way information sharing between 
public and private sector stakeholders in preparing for, responding to, 
and recovering from disasters. More information can be found at http://www.fema.gov/private-sector-1.
    Youth preparedness is a priority at the Federal level. Since fall 
2010, FEMA, the U.S. Department of Education and the American Red Cross 
have been collaborating to empower youth to build a more resilient 
nation through youth preparedness education. More information on Youth 
Preparedness Program can be found at http://www.citizencorps.gov/ready/kids.shtm.
    EMI is the emergency management community's training institution, 
and provides training to Federal, State, local, Tribal, volunteer, 
public, and private sector officials to strengthen emergency management 
core competencies for professional, career-long training. More 
information on EMI can be found at http://training.fema.gov/EMI/.
    SFI promotes broader and longer term thinking, how the world is 
changing and the effects on the emergency management community. 
Thinking more broadly and over a longer timeframe will help us 
understand these changes and their potential impacts. More information 
on SFI can be found at http://www.fema.gov/about/programs/oppa/strategic_foresight_initiative.shtm.
    In the event that U.S.-based responders are overwhelmed there are 
constraints on the entry and use of foreign responders due to concerns 
about liability and licensure issues. There are potential shortfalls in 
Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) capabilities needed to respond to 
catastrophic disasters and emphasizing the need to streamline how 
nations might share this important asset following a catastrophic 
disaster. More information can be found at http://usaid.gov/.
    The primary purpose of the FEMA Qualifications System (FQS) is to 
provide the best possible customer service to survivors and communities 
working to respond to, recover from, and mitigate against disasters. 
FQS helps build FEMA's disaster response and recovery capability by 
providing personnel with the training and experience needed to assume 
positions of progressively greater responsibility. More information on 
FQS can be found at http://www.fema.gov/fema-qualification-system-0.

W. Craig Fugate,
Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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