The Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) helps supports the emergency response community through the development of policy guidance. The Policy and Planning Branch provides guidance on emergency communications grant programs, develops and supports the implementation of the National Emergency Communications Plan, and develops policy strategies and policy recommendations for the use of new communication technology by emergency responders. The branch also conducts assessments of the national security and emergency preparedness communications capabilities of Federal, State, local, and tribal public safety agencies.
National and Statewide Plans
Federal, state, and local agencies are working together now to plan for the future. Efforts such as OEC's national plan, aligned to individual state plans, help advance interoperability in a structured, agreed-upon approach.
For more information on interoperability planning:
Planning for Broadband
DHS, through the Office of Emergency Communications (OEC), supports the establishment of a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network, and is working with the Departments of Commerce and Justice to ensure it meets the needs of users in the public safety community. OEC is working directly with Federal, State, local, and tribal stakeholders to help them in planning for broadband.
Learn more about OEC's broadband activities:
Emergency Communications Grants
Interoperable communications programs encompass a wide range of activities—including purchasing new equipment, hosting state meetings, and conducting training—that require significant funding. OEC supports the coordination of grant guidance across the federal government and administers emergency communications grant programs that provide funding to state, local, and tribal partners.
Learn more about OEC's grant funding opportunities:
- Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program
- Border Interoperability Demonstration Project
- SAFECOM Grant Guidance for Federal Programs
Guidance Documents and Publications
OEC provides the emergency response community with guidance tools and other publications to improve interoperable communications.