SAFECOM-NCSWIC Quarterly Newsletter, Fall 2017, Published

The SAFECOM-NCSWIC Quarterly Newsletter was published on October 31, 2017. In this edition of the newsletter, Ron Hewitt, Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) Director, provides updates on the Communication Unit (COMU) Working Group’s progress with advancing COMU 2.0, the launch of the SAFECOM Nationwide Survey, the Enhanced Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP) Pilot, and more! Updates are also provided by Chief Gerald Reardon, SAFECOM Chair, and Nikki Cassingham, National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) Chair.

SAFECOM and NCSWIC Monthly Bulletins Published. Each month, SAFECOM and NCSWIC publish monthly bulletins highlighting committee activities and initiatives. The latest monthly bulletins can be found here.

SAFECOM-NCSWIC Blog: The blog continues to highlight new and ongoing OEC and stakeholder initiatives. Recent events include the OEC Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program (ICTAP) kicking off its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Technical Assistance (TA) and SCIP Workshop requests cycle. Additionally, OEC is continuing its efforts to establish and build collaborative relationships with federally recognized tribes. The Emergency Preparedness Center (ECPC) Grants Focus Group (GFG) worked with federal granting agencies to update the FY 2017 List of Federal Financial Assistance Programs Funding for Emergency Communications Opportunities. For more information on OEC and stakeholder activities check out the blog!

The SAFECOM-NCSWIC Blog serves as a great tool for information sharing and dissemination. On the blog, we highlight current events, activities, accomplishments, updates, opinion pieces, and innovative ideas from the SAFECOM and NCSWIC community. If you have relevant public safety communications information you would like to share with the public safety stakeholder community, please send ideas to the SAFECOM Inbox or NCSWIC Inbox.

SAFECOM aims to improve emergency response providers’ inter-jurisdictional and interdisciplinary emergency communications interoperability across local, regional, tribal, state, territorial, international borders, and with Federal government entities.

The NCSWIC, through the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC), promotes and implements strategies for achieving effective public safety communications by developing professional partnerships and collaborating with public safety agencies and policy makers.

Support provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications. Points of view or opinions expressed are those of the originators and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of DHS.