The coordination activities of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's (CISA) Emergency Communication division support emergency communications interoperability by offering training, tools, and workshops; regional support; and, providing guidance documents and templates. These services assist emergency communications stakeholders in ensuring they have communications during steady state and emergency operations. CISA's Emergency Communications division 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 Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) 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 Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) works closely with U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico border regions on numerous cross-border initiatives. Communications interoperability is a fundamental challenge to all emergency response agencies, but border regions face additional challenges due to technical, operational, policy and vast geographical differences on either side of the borders. The 5,500-mile-long international border between the United States and Canada and the nearly 2,000-mile-long international border between the United States and Mexico offers a diverse array of geographies, communities, languages and operational environments that pose unique challenges to the federal, provincial, state, local, and tribal responders in the region.
The Mobile Applications for Public Safety (MAPS) project is committed to informing the development and distribution of mobile application for first responders. MAPS promotes consistent security, functionality and performance best practices in the development and adoption of mobile apps.
The Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 authorized the DHS Office of Emergency Communications to establish the Border Interoperability Demonstration Project, a $25.5 million one-time competitive grant program to provide funding and technical assistance to U.S. communities along the Canadian and Mexican borders.
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.