FEMA’s National Advisory Council To Meet at Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Choctaw Nation headquarters

DURANT, OK – For the first time, FEMA’s National Advisory Council (NAC) fall meeting will be held on tribal lands at the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma headquarters in Durant, OK. The event takes place Oct. 25 – 27. 

This year, FEMA has seen numerous tribal affairs successes. In addition to the August release of the National Tribal Strategy, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced Kelbie Kennedy as the agency’s National Tribal Affairs Advocate earlier this month. Kennedy is the first tribal political appointee in FEMA history and is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

The NAC consists of members appointed by FEMA Administrator Criswell and the council advises her on all aspects of emergency management, including preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other man-made disasters.