public safety

Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model: An Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence

The tragic events of the February 14, 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the May 18, 2018 shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, demonstrated the ongoing need to provide leadership in preventing future school attacks.

CISA Participates in Faith-Based Community Safety and Security Symposium

Release Date: September 25, 2019
WASHINGTON – Today, Vice President Mike Pence, Congressman John Joyce (R-PA) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Assistant Director Brian Harrell joined several faith-based community leaders for a Faith-Based Safety and Security Symposium at the White House. The event focused on the importance of securing faith-based communities from all types of violence and exchanging best practices leveraged by faith-based groups regarding information sharing, preparedness, response, and recovery.
Last Published Date: September 25, 2019

Public Safety Software Tools

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program (ICTAP) provides no cost online software applications that promote collaborative public safety communications planning and response.

Communication Assets Survey & Mapping (CASM) Tool
A secure, free, nationwide tool for agencies to inventory, share, and plan usage of public safety emergency communications assets.  Users access a single database by browser to manage information about Federal, state, tribal, local, and non-governmental organization (NGO) agencies/organizations, communication assets, and personnel.  CASM has a Department Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) authority to operate and access is restricted to approved users.

Public Safety Mobile Apps

https://www.dhs.gov/ictapscip-resources
The CASM Resource Finder App, eNIFOG , and eAUXFOG were developed by the Office of Emergency Communications to support public safety emergency communications.

DHS Releases Soft Target and Crowded Places Security Enhancement and Coordination Plan

Too often, we see news about attacks on ordinary people who are simply going about their everyday lives around the world, and even here at home. While we remain vigilant about preventing terrorist attacks on traditional targets and high profile events, it’s equally important that we focus on securing soft targets.  These are places where people gather freely, like music festivals, houses of worship, or shopping centers, which are easily accessible and often have minimal security, potentially making it easier and cheaper to carry out an attack.

Communications Resiliency

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 examples of communications resiliency

CASM Tool

The Communication Assets Survey and Mapping Tool (CASM), offered by the Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program (ICTAP), is the primary resource nationwide for the emergency communications community to inventory and share agency, asset, and COMU information, for the purpose of planning public safety communications operability and interoperability.

Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications

The Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications (FPIC) serves as a coordination and advisory body to address technical and operational wireless issues relative to interoperability within the public safety emergency communications community, interfacing with voluntary representatives from Federal, State, local, territorial, and tribal organizations.

Last Updated Date: June 18, 2019

Announcements

The SAFECOM and the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) announcements page provides the public safety community with upcoming engagements and public safety highlights from the news.