Establishing Governance to Achieve Statewide Communications Interoperability: A Guide for Statewide Communication Interoperability (SCIP) Implementation   [open pdf - 5MB]

"In 2007, through its Directorate for National Protection and Programs, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) established the Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) to promote the ability of emergency responders and government officials to maintain communication in the event of natural disasters, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster, and to ensure, accelerate, and attain interoperable and operable emergency communications nationwide. OEC, in conjunction with its Federal partners, provides guidance, tools, and templates on communications-related issues to Federal, State, local, and tribal emergency response agencies. Since its inception, OEC has operated under the principle that any successful effort to improve emergency response communications interoperability must take into account the views of emergency responders on the front lines in large, small, rural, and urban communities across the Nation. As outlined in the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP), achieving the Nation's communications interoperability vision, goals, objectives, and priority initiatives is not a task the Federal Government can accomplish on its own--it is largely a practitioner-driven effort that requires coordination among all stakeholders."

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