Statewide Communications Interoperability Planning (SCIP) Methodology v2.0: A Collaborative Approach to Statewide Communications Interoperability Planning   [open pdf - 7MB]

"To successfully respond to day-to-day incidents and large-scale emergencies, our Nation's emergency responders need interoperable communications-the ability to exchange voice and data information across disciplines and jurisdictions on demand, in real time, and when authorized. Through its SAFECOM and Disaster Management (DM) programs, the Department of Homeland Security's Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC) is working with practitioners and Federal partners to strengthen interoperability in order to improve local, tribal, state, and Federal emergency response and preparedness. Together, SAFECOM and DM are providing emergency responders with the resources-tools, templates, best practices, methodologies-they need to address voice and data interoperability respectively. With support from the SAFECOM program, in 2004 the Commonwealth of Virginia developed a strategic plan to improve statewide interoperable communications. In keeping with SAFECOM's practitioner-driven philosophy, Virginia developed its statewide plan using a locally-driven approach. This approach ensured that the plan met end-user needs and included perspectives of emergency responders at all levels of government. Based on the success of Virginia's strategic planning process, SAFECOM developed the Statewide Communications Interoperability Planning (SCIP) Methodology, a step-by-step planning guide all states can use to develop a locally-driven statewide strategic plan. We encourage states to use this methodology in their statewide planning efforts. The SCIP Methodology has since been implemented in The Commonwealth of Kentucky and the State of Nevada. As such, it has been updated to include the lessons learned and additional insights from those two statewide planning processes. Version 2 of the SCIP also includes an explanation of the Interoperability Continuum, which was created to assist in the development of a comprehensive communications interoperability solution."

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