Regional Intrastate Governance Guide for Interoperable Emergency Communications Efforts   [open pdf - 3MB]

"In 2008, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) released Establishing Governance to Achieve Statewide Communications Interoperability: A Guide for Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP) Implementation. The Guide provides recommendations for implementing a robust, stakeholder-driven, statewide governance system focusing on interoperable emergency communications. Interoperable emergency communications refers to the ability of diverse emergency response organizations and systems to work together (interoperate). Central to the vision outlined in the Statewide Governance Guide is the creation of a collaborative statewide governance system where a Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) serves as the binding entity for the statewide interoperable communications effort. A SWIC relies heavily upon the competence and motivation of State and local government officials with whom the SWIC coordinates but cannot directly control. Of course, all stakeholders face political, financial, and technical changes that often occur in the midst of planned implementation. The achievement of the vision, objectives, and milestones outlined in a State's strategic communications interoperability planning document, known as its SCIP, relies on multi-discipline and multi-jurisdictional coordination. The same holds true for the vision, goals, objectives, and priority initiatives outlined in the Nation's strategic plan for interoperable communications, the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP). A coordinated stakeholder-driven approach will ensure the comprehensive implementation of communications interoperability strategies outlined within the NECP and each State's SCIP as well as those strategies outlined within Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), regional, and local planning documents."

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