Kidd named to FEMA national council

Health Science Center assistant professor serving on federal committee on emergency preparedness

Emily Kidd, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Health Sciences at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, was appointed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Council (NAC).

The NAC is an advisory committee established to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters. Members represent the whole community including public health, tribal government and functional and access needs, and provide recommendations on a variety of issues within emergency management to the FEMA administrator.

Lance Villers, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Emergency Health Sciences, said Dr. Kidd is one of 10 new appointees to the 33-member committee. The new appointees were selected from 500 applications. Dr. Kidd will serve a three-year appointment.

“Dr. Kidd’s role as medical director for the San Antonio Fire Department and her extensive experience and background in disaster response and preparedness demonstrate the expertise she will bring to this national council,” Dr. Villers said.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said the National Advisory Council provides FEMA with advice and recommendations on how to achieve the agency’s mission.

“We look forward to continued dialogue on emergency management to support states, strengthen outreach efforts to Indian Country, and engage the whole community to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. Both the new and reappointed members represent a cross section of the emergency management team and their insight is valued,” Fugate said.

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