Inclusive Governance

Emergency Communications by the Numbers
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Effective governance is a critical component of successful emergency communications. Key to that is involving representatives from all organizations with a role in these operations, including those outside the realm of traditional response (e.g., tribes, medical facilities, alerting authorities, non-governmental organizations, public works, utilities, forestry services, military, private sector, non-profit organizations) in governance and decision-making structures. The SAFECOM Nationwide Survey (SNS) found that only a small fraction (4 percent) of emergency communications decision-making groups are proactively seeking new participants beyond first responders. This document uses SNS data to demonstrate the benefits to emergency communications when under-represented organizations or sectors are incorporated into planning and coordination processes. It also highlights recommended actions in the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) that public safety entities can take to make their governing bodies more inclusive.