NCSWIC Releases Initial Response Checklist for SWIC Deployment


Author: Jessica Kaputa, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) NCSWIC (National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) Planning, Training, and Exercise (PTE) Committee Lead

Part of the role of the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) involves deployment to the state’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC). It is good practice for a SWIC to bring everything they might need when they are deployed so that they do not place additional burden on the limited resources at the EOC. SWICs that have never been deployed before, or SWICs that are experienced and need a reminder, may not be aware of what they do not have until they already arrive at the EOC.

To ensure that SWICs are prepared for most deployment, the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) curated their professional experience and developed an Initial Response Checklist, which can be found at https://www.cisa.gov/safecom/planning. The checklist is organized based on deployment scenario:

  • Basic EOC Deployment
    • Office Supplies
    • Incident Command System Forms
    • State-specific reference documents
    • Miscellaneous personal items
  • Field and Technical Deployment
    • Safety gear
    • Lifelines
    • Miscellaneous supplies
  • Communications Unit Deployment
    • Specific tools, equipment, and supplies

The last page of the Initial Response Checklist contains a version that can be printed and laminated for the user’s convenience. The document is not appropriate for reference if the SWIC is about to undergo self-sustaining, long-term deployment or for Continuity of Operations/Government scenarios.

For additional information about this document, please contact NCSWICgovernance@hq.dhs.gov. For additional SWIC resources, please visit https://cisa.gov/safecom/ncswic.