The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (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 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) Technical Assistance program serves all 56 states and territories and provides direct support to state, local, and tribal emergency responders and government officials.
The DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) collaborates with the public and private sectors to ensure the national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) communications community has access to priority telecommunications and restoration services to communicate under all circumstances.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) supports the advancement of interoperable communications and the adoption of broadband technologies through the development and implementation of strategic planning and national policy and issuance of stakeholder guidance.
The Statewide Communication Interoperability Plans (SCIPs) are locally-driven, multi-jurisdictional, and multi-disciplinary statewide plans to enhance emergency communications. Each SCIP addresses designated critical elements for statewide interoperability.
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.
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.