Updated 2018 Emergency Communications System Lifecycle Planning Guide Release

The Joint SAFECOM and National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) Funding and Sustainment Committee is proud to announce the recent release of the 2018 Emergency Communications System Planning Guide Compendium. Developed in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC), the updated Lifecycle Guide serves as a follow-on to the 2011 Emergency Communications System Lifecycle Planning Guide. The updated Lifecycle Guide provides guidance to state, territorial, tribal, and local officials to sustain, operate, upgrade, procure, and maintain their communications systems; and enable practitioners to better deploy public safety communications systems. The updated Lifecycle Guide emphasizes that funding public safety communications is not a one-time investment, but instead requires an investment approach.

eNIFOG Mobile App

The National Interoperable Field Operations Guide (NIFOG) is now available as the eNIFOG mobile app on Apple® iOS™ and Google® Android™ devices. The NIFOG is a technical reference for emergency communications planning and for technicians responsible for radios that will be used in disaster response. It includes rules and regulations for use of nationwide and other interoperability channels, tables of frequencies and standard channel names, and other reference material

LMR and Broadband Evolution

Technology is a critical tool for improving interoperability that should meet the needs of practitioners on the front lines and should address regional needs, existing infrastructure, cost versus benefits, and sustainability. The resources below provide Land Mobile Radio and Broadband examples of the technology currently used in the public safety environment.


In addition to the five elements of the Interoperability Continuum, planning is a major factor for interoperable communications. The documents in this section include resources about the National Emergency Communications Plan, education and outreach programs, and maintaining awareness of the specific issues and barriers that affect interoperability communications.