NECP Webinars

Implementing the National Emergency Communications Plan Webinars.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming webinars:

October 21: Money Talks: Funding Your Emergency Communications Capabilities

In order for public safety organizations to build, improve, expand, and support public safety communications systems, they must implement a variety of funding mechanisms, including grants. The identification of funding mechanisms to cover continually increasing costs is an ongoing challenge. The SNS found that most public safety organizations have either no funding or insufficient funding for capital investments in interoperability solutions, interoperability-related operations, or maintenance costs. Shortfalls in funding continue to affect the ability for organizations to properly maintain systems, conduct system lifecycle planning, and make decisions. This webinar assists participants in identifying funding mechanisms to support emergency communications projects. Join the webinar to learn about:

  • Federal grant guidance and opportunities that support emergency communications activities
  • Prioritizing communications needs and coordinating applications for federal financial assistance that align with the National Emergency Communications Plan
  • Developing a diverse portfolio of funding mechanisms to sustain emergency communications systems

December 9: 5G is Here! How Will This Impact Emergency Communications?

New and emerging technologies offer advanced capabilities to enhance command, control, and situational awareness for emergency response. Yet, the rapid rate of technology advancement continues to outpace the public safety community acquisition cycle. The arrival of 5G – the fifth-generation technology standard for cellular networks – is one example. Telecommunications networks are evolving to this next generation of wireless technology. It is envisioned that 5G will have the potential to enhance operations, support information-sharing, improve efficiency and response time, augment security, and increase capacity for more connected devices. The SAFECOM Nationwide Survey found that more public safety organizations (60%) are currently using a cellular system than land mobile radio (57%), so they need to be prepared for the deployment of 5G. This webinar will identify actions organizations can take to prepare for the implementation of new solutions like 5G. Join the webinar to learn about:

  • 5G capabilities and impacts on public safety communications
  • CISA 5G Strategy and other resources on preparing for emerging technologies
  • Leveraging the NECP to address emerging technology challenges

Presented in partnership with:                                      

CISA National Risk Management Center

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July: How does your agency start to improve its cybersecurity posture? Implement the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.   

As cyber threats and vulnerabilities grow in complexity and sophistication, the risks for public safety communications systems increases. The SAFECOM Nationwide Survey (SNS) showed that almost half of public safety organizations are not utilizing or adopting existing cybersecurity guidance documents. This webinar identifies actions organizations can take to improve their cyber posture through the implementation of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework. Join the webinar to learn about:

  • Effectively implementing the NIST Cybersecurity Framework
  • Leveraging the NECP to enhance cybersecurity risk management practices
  • CISA Central and resources you can use to mitigate cyber risk

Presented in partnership with:


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August: Make the most of your organization’s investments: Lifecycle Planning for Emergency Communications. 

Public safety organizations rely on complex and often expensive systems to carry out their missions. Communications systems are not one-time investments; rather, system components require maintenance and funding throughout their lifespan. The SNS found that 25 percent of public safety organizations have no strategic planning process or plans in place. And of the organizations that do have a process in place, only 7 percent review their strategic plans annually. In this webinar, we will review real-world examples of how organizations are making the most of their investments by conducting emergency communications lifecycle planning. Join the webinar to learn about:

  • Using the NECP to close existing strategic planning gaps
  • Navigating the seven phases of the system lifecycle in the Emergency Communications System Lifecycle Planning Guide
  • Benefits of incorporating key stakeholders in lifecycle planning activities
  • Accounting for new and emerging technologies

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Lifecycle Planning for Emergency Communications (Webinar Factsheet)

September: EXERCISE! EXERCISE! EXERCISE! Learn how to turn evaluations into real-world communications improvements.

Effective training and exercise programs bolster emergency professionals’ proficiency with communications equipment, as well as improve their ability to execute policies, plans, and procedures governing the use of communications. The SNS showed strong participation in training and exercise programs, indicating progress in the right direction. However, it also found that very few public safety organizations use communications exercise evaluations to identify and capture gaps and needs. This webinar reviews ways to use evaluations to improve outcomes of emergency communications training and exercises in order to strengthen interoperability and continuity of communications. Join the webinar to learn about:

  • Implementing the NECP to close existing training and exercise evaluation gaps
  • Using the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program to develop quality exercise evaluation objectives and plans
  • Benefits of using third-party evaluators

Presented in partnership with:

FEMA National Exercise Division

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