U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Office of Cybersecurity and Communications Office of Emergency Communications Director Rear Admiral Ronald Hewitt addresses DHS’ efforts in enhancing the Nation’s interoperable emergency communications.
Last month, the Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) and the National Governors Association (NGA) conducted workshops in Alaska and Hawaii as part the Policy Academy on Enhancing Emergency Communications Interoperability. The Pilot Academy – which officially kicked off in May 2016 – will help states design specific strategies to strengthen interoperability plans, including assessing and formalizing governance structures and standard operating procedures. Five states were invited to participate in the Academy: Alaska, Hawaii, Illinois, Utah, and West Virginia.
The Public Safety Communications (SAFECOM) governance body addresses public safety communications' interoperability issues.
No matter what the emergency, communications remain a vital component to keeping America safe, secure, and resilient.
The NCSWIC and SAFECOM Blog provides an overview of initiatives, membership spotlights, Office of Emergency Communications updates, and articles related to public safety interoperability.
Establishing a common governing structure for solving interoperability issues will improve the polices, processes, and procedures of any major projects by: enhancing communications, coordination, and cooperation; establishing guidelines and principles; and reducing any internal jurisdictional conflicts. The resources listed on this page will help provide insight and direction on how to build strong governing structures.