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Emergency Communications

No matter what the emergency, communications remain a vital component to keeping America safe, secure, and resilient.

On November 16, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018. This landmark legislation elevates the mission of the former National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) within DHS and establishes the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). CISA enhances public safety interoperable communications at all levels of government, providing training, coordination, tools and guidance to help partners across the country develop their emergency communications capabilities.  Working with stakeholders across the country, CISA conducts extensive, nationwide outreach to support and promote the ability of emergency response providers and relevant government officials to continue to communicate in the event of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.

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Last Published Date: July 14, 2020

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Sep 15

FEMA, in coordination with DHS S&T, has released the “Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Program Planning Toolkit.”

Aug 31

More than 250 high school teachers were recently certified to become provisional instructors for the First Aid for Severe Trauma (FAST)TM program, which trains high school students to stop bleeding and treat injuries before first responders arrive to an incident.

Aug 19

Bridge 4 Public Safety is a free app to that allows for interoperable, secure collaboration and communication during response efforts.

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