Every day, our public safety community responds to a variety of accidents, natural disasters, terrorist threats, and other unplanned events. When faced with these situations, inclusive governance structures and processes are essential to achieving effective coordination, planning, and decision making.
While many emergency communications governance bodies involve traditional disciplines, they can benefit from the contributions of representatives from additional systems or response functions (e.g., chief information officers, elected officials, public works, public health, utilities, natural resources or parks and recreation, building inspectors). Collaboration with these under-represented organizations or sectors creates a whole community approach to plan development, short- and long-term priorities, and solutions to deliver the necessary emergency communications resources during incidents and planned events. However, the SAFECOM Nationwide Survey found that only four percent of emergency communications decision-making groups are proactively seeking new participants beyond first responders.
Join CISA on Wednesday, May 26th at 1:00 PM ET, for the Implementing the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) webinar “It Takes a Village: Leveraging the Whole Community to Make Critical Emergency Communications Decisions.” The webinar will provide information about how the NECP advocates for inclusive governance bodies when developing strategic, operational, and contingency plans related to emergency communications. CISA’s Emergency Communications Coordinator along with a representative from the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and the Minnesota Statewide Interoperability Coordinators will present a use case on the incorporation of tribes into emergency communications decision-making groups. Additionally, a representative from the Mid-America Regional Council will share best practices and lessons learned from integrating cyber equities into strategic planning.
For more information on how to participate, visit cisa.gov/necp.