Author: Eric Abdullateef, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), in partnership with SAFECOM and the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC), has published the Contingency Planning Guide for Emergency Communications Funding. This new resource provides a series of considerations to help decision-makers plan for the continuity of public safety communications budgets. Expanding on the Contingency Considerations When Facing Reductions in Emergency Communications Budgets fact sheet, this guide provides a more comprehensive look at the considerations public safety officials must weigh when planning for or facing budget reductions. Specifically, this expanded guide features several considerations for sustained investment in mission-critical resource categories, refers users to risk analysis guidance and technical assistance resources, and showcases real-world examples to assist officials in their planning efforts.
Those with questions are encouraged to contact SAFECOMGovernance@cisa.dhs.gov. For more information, please visit the ‘Sustaining Public Safety Communications Systems’ section of the SAFECOM Funding Resources webpage at cisa.gov/safecom/funding.