Public safety communications is advancing more rapidly than ever, and helping to guide this progress is SAFECOM. This video briefly describes the program
The Emergency Communications Preparedness Center (ECPC) is the federal interagency focal point for interoperable and operable communications coordination.
The 2014 NECP is the national plan for emergency communications outlining key priorities and milestones that help to enhance governance, planning, technology, training, exercises, and improvements in disaster communications capabilities.
SAFECOM has 70 members representing Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial emergency responders, and major intergovernmental and national public safety associations.
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The ability to communicate and share information across jurisdictions and disciplines is vital for public safety personnel. However, during major events, such as natural disasters, traditional landline telephone circuits and cellular phone networks often become congested.
SAFECOM is managed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Communications (OEC). Through these partnerships, SAFECOM has created key documents such as the Interoperability Continuum, the Statement of Requirements (SoR) for baseline communications and interoperability standards, the Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP) Methodology, and the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) to assist emergency responders nationwide with improving communications and interoperability.
Through collaboration with emergency responders and elected officials across all levels of government, SAFECOM works to improve emergency response providers’ inter-jurisdictional and interdisciplinary emergency communications interoperability across local, regional, tribal, State, territorial, international borders, and with Federal government entities. SAFECOM works with existing Federal communications programs and key emergency response stakeholders to address the need to develop better technologies and processes for the coordination of existing communications systems and future networks.
This website provides members of the emergency response community and other stakeholders with resources created by SAFECOM and its partner organizations to improve public safety interoperability. It offers comprehensive information on topics relevant to emergency response communications and features best practices that have evolved from real-world situations.
In order to ensure that SAFECOM remains forward-looking, we ask that you provide questions and feedback via the contact page.