WPS supports Federal, State, local, tribal and territorial governments; critical infrastructure sectors in industry; and non-governmental organizations in performing their national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) missions. Typical WPS users are responsible for the command and control functions critical to management of and response to national security and emergency situations, particularly during the first 24 to 72 hours following an event.
WPS users typically fall under one of five categories of WPS NS/EP eligibility criteria established by the Federal Communications Commission. When requesting WPS online, organizations indicate their eligibility by selecting which of the following categories they qualify under:
- Executive Leadership and Policy Makers
- Disaster Response/Military Command and Control
- Public Health, Safety and Law Enforcement Command
- Public Services/Utilities and Public Welfare
- Disaster Recovery
Additional information on these five categories can be found in the WPS Eligibility Criteria document.