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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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Oct 6

TranslateLive to adapt Instant Language Assistant to support USCG operator safety and mission performance.

Sep 30

DHS S&T has been working with the FEMA IPAWS office and state and local response teams since early 2009 to develop effective alerts, warnings, and notifications programs, as well as identifying gaps in existing IPAWS alerting messaging.

Sep 15

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

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