OEC's coordination activities support emergency communications interoperability by offering training, tools, and workshops; regional support; and, providing guidance documents and templates. These services assist OEC’s stakeholders in ensuring they have communications during steady state and emergency operations. OEC plays a key role in ensuring Federal, state, local, tribal and territorial agencies have the necessary plans, resources, and training needed to support operable and advanced interoperable emergency communications.
- The Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) established the Regional Coordination Program to strengthen emergency communications capabilities across tribal, local, state, and federal governments through trusted relationships, collaboration, and knowledge sharing.
- As the central coordination point for their state or territory, the statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) plays a critical role in a state’s interoperability effort.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) works closely with Canada and Mexico on numerous cross-border initiatives. Communications interoperability is a fundamental challenge to all emergency response agencies, but border regions face additional
- Through collaboration with emergency responders and policymakers across all levels of government, the SAFECOM Program works to improve multi-jurisdictional and intergovernmental communications interoperability.
The use of commercially available mobile applications (apps) by first responders and the public safety community has dramatically increased in recent years. Software developers have recognized this emerging market and have begun producing apps fo
- The Border Interoperability Demonstration Project (BIDP) is a one-time competitive grant program available to U.S. border communities. The Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) is conducting the BIDP to test innovative approaches to enhancing effective emergency communications along and across international borders. BIDP will fund innovative proposals that seek to improve emergency communications and serve as repeatable models that can be shared with and adapted to other communities across the country.
- The Emergency Communications Preparedness Center (ECPC) is the Federal interagency focal point for interoperable and operable communications coordination. Its members represent the federal government’s broad role in emergency communications, including regulation, policy, operations, grants, and technical assistance.
- The programs and activities of the Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) reflect a stakeholder-driven approach to achieving nationwide improvements to emergency communications capabilities