Office of Emergency Communications: Fiscal Year 2017, SAFECOM Guidance on Emergency Communications Grants   [open pdf - 2MB]

"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is mandated to administer responsibilities and authorities relating to the SAFECOM Program. Within DHS, the Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) is responsible for developing coordinated guidance for federal grant programs for public safety interoperable communications. As a result, OEC develops the annual SAFECOM Guidance on Emergency Communications Grants (SAFECOM Guidance) as a reference guide for entities applying for federal financial assistance for emergency communications projects. While only entities funding emergency communications projects with DHS grant funding are required to comply with SAFECOM Guidance, all entities are highly encouraged to follow the recommendations within this document to ensure interoperability. The National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) defines emergency communications as the means and methods for exchanging communications and information for successful incident management. The SAFECOM Guidance provides general information on eligible activities, technical standards, and other terms and conditions that are common to most federal emergency communications grants. The SAFECOM Guidance aims to ensure that emergency communications standards and policies across federal grant programs provide a consistent approach to improving emergency communications nationwide."

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