The coordination activities of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) support emergency communications interoperability by offering training, tools, and workshops; regional support; and, providing guidance documents and templates. These services assist OEC’s stakeholders in ensuring they have communications during steady state and emergency operations. OEC 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 DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) 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 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 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
The DHS Office of Emergency Communications is committed to informing the development and distribution of mobile applications for first responders. OEC established the Mobile Applications for Public Safety (MAPS) project to promote 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.