SAFECOM

CISA Releases National Special Security Events (NSSE)/Special Event Assessment Rating (SEAR) Communications Planning Toolkit (Version 2.0)

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released an updated version of the National Special Security Events (NSSE)/Special Event Assessment Rating (SEAR) Communications Planning Toolkit.  This toolkit includes the updated National Incident Management System (NIMS)/Incident Command System (ICS) structure and a standardized approach to the command, control, and coordination for event management. Planning considerations for cybersecurity and information technology have been added to Version 2.0.

CISA Releases Update to Funding Mechanisms Guide for Public Safety Communications

Author: Joint SAFECOM NCSWIC Funding and Sustainment Committee

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), in partnership with SAFECOM and the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC), published the Funding Mechanisms Guide for Public Safety Communications to assist public safety agencies in identifying funding sources for emergency communications projects.

Responding To A Pandemic: Technology Considerations for Public Safety Answering Points

During a pandemic, public safety answering points (PSAPs) around the country must be prepared for reduced onsite staff due to social distancing measures and increased sick and family medical leave. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently interviewed the Northeast Emergency Communications Center (NECOMM) Director Mike Hall to discuss these solutions and lessons learned. Highlights of the interview are summarized below.

CISA Announces the FY 2020 REMCDP Grant Recipient

Earlier this year, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) reestablished the Rural Emergency Medical Communications Demonstration Project (REMCDP) grant to work with up to two public and state-controlled institutions of higher education to examine communications barriers and identify solutions that enhance existing emergency communications infrastructure. The REMCDP Notice of Funding Opportunity was open on grants.gov from May 8, 2020, through June 30, 2020.