DHS and CISA Are Seeking Feedback for the 2019 NECP Update

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) are petitioning members of the emergency management and homeland security community to provide input and feedback on the proposed updates for the 2019 edition of the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP). The NECP was last published in 2014, and, as directed by Congress, CISA completes a baseline assessment and update to the NECP every five years. This year’s update is not only informed by the 2018 assessment results, but also the 2018 SAFECOM Nationwide Survey.

According to DHS, “It is a strategic plan that establishes a shared vision for and coordinates the complex mission of maintaining and improving emergency communications capabilities for the Nation’s emergency responders. It assists those who plan for, coordinate, invest in, and use operable and interoperable communications for response and recovery operations. This includes traditional emergency responder disciplines (e.g., law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, dispatch) and other entities that share information during emergencies, such as medical facilities, utilities, nongovernmental organizations, as well as the media and private citizens. […] Proposed updates reflect the expanding ecosystem of people, technologies, and functions involved in supporting emergency communications to aid public safety entities with addressing today’s challenges while also planning for future advancements.”

If you would like to provide comments, please complete the feedback form on the DHS website and submit it to OECNECP@hq.dhs.gov by March 22, 2019. Questions can also be submitted via e-mail to OECNECP@hq.dhs.gov.