OEC Releases FY 2014 SAFECOM Guidance on Emergency Communications Grants

The SAFECOM Guidance has been posted at: http://www.safecomprogram.gov/grant/Default.aspx.  In its eighth edition, the SAFECOM Guidance continues to evolve to meet the needs of the public safety community.  The FY 2014 SAFECOM Guidance stresses the need for continued investment in planning and coordination of emergency communications projects, including investment in Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC), Statewide Interoperability Governing Body (SIGB), or Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) activities.

The FY 2014 SAFECOM Guidance also encourages grantees to participate, support, and invest in planning activities that will help states prepare for the deployment of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) as well as share essential user needs and requirements prior to the state’s consultation with the First Responder Network Authority.  At the same time, the FY 2014 SAFECOM Guidance recognizes the need to sustain current land mobile radio (LMR) systems and advises grantees to continue developing plans and standard operating procedures, conducting training and exercises, and investing in standards-based equipment to sustain LMR capabilities, while planning for the deployment of the NPSBN.