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Committee Overview

The National Advisory Committee on Seniors and Disasters (NACSD):

  • Provides advice and consultation with respect to the activities carried out pursuant to Section 2814 of the Public Health Service Act
  • Evaluates and provides input with respect to the medical and public health needs of seniors related to preparation for, response to, and recovery from all-hazards emergencies; and
  • Provides advice and consultation with respect to State emergency preparedness and response activities relating to seniors, including related drills and exercises pursuant to the preparedness goals under section 2802(b) of the Public Health Service Act
  • May provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary with respect to seniors and the medical and public health grants and cooperative agreements as applicable to preparedness and response activities under this title and title III

The NACSD primary activities include:

  • Monitor for and provide advice regarding emerging policy, scientific, technical, or operational issues and concerns related to medical and public health preparedness, response, and recovery in the event of a public health emergency declared by the Secretary of HHS;
  • Evaluate and provide advice on implementation of the preparedness goals described in the National Health Security Strategy as they apply to seniors;
  • Monitor and make recommendations to improve HHS assistance to other Departments in planning for, responding to, and recovering from public health emergencies with respect to the effects on seniors and their families;
  • Make recommendations to ensure that the contents of the Strategic National Stockpile consider the unique needs of seniors;
  • Make recommendations regarding curriculum development for public health and medical response training for medical management of casualties among seniors;
  • Monitor and provide advice regarding novel and best practices related to outreach to, and care of, seniors before, during, and following public health emergencies;
  • Monitor and make recommendations to ensure that public health and medical information distributed by HHS during a public health emergency is delivered in a manner that addresses the range of communication needs of seniors and their families or guardians;
  • Provide advice for coordination of systems for situational awareness and biosurveillance that require incorporation of data and information from Federal, State, local, Tribal, and Territorial public health officials and relevant entities to identify health threats to seniors and families
  • Evaluate and provide inputs with respect to the medical, mental and behavioral, and public health needs of seniors as they relate to preparation for, response to, and recovery from all-hazards emergencies;
  • Provide advice and consultation with respect to seniors and State, Tribal, and Territorial emergency preparedness and response activities, including related drills and exercises pursuant to the preparedness goals in the National Health Security Strategy; and
  • Provide advice and recommendations with respect to seniors and the medical and public health grants and cooperative agreements as applicable to preparedness and response activities authorized under the Public Health Service Act, as amended.

National Advisory Committee on Seniors and Disasters

  • This page last reviewed: September 08, 2021