SAFECOM was formed after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to improve public safety communications across the Nation. Since its formation, SAFECOM is continuously working to improve emergency response providers’ interjurisdictional and interdisciplinary emergency communications operability, interoperability, and security across state, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT), regional and international borders, and with the Federal Government, allowing emergency responders to communicate through different communications systems to exchange information. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) administers and supports the program and its stakeholder activity.
SAFECOM uniquely brings together over 60 representatives from SLTT emergency responders, appointed and elected officials, and major intergovernmental and national public safety associations. SAFECOM’s membership also coordinates with elected and appointed officials, and other key emergency communications stakeholders to provide input on the challenges, needs, and best practices facing emergency communications. Learn More
SAFECOM: Created by Public Safety Stakeholders to Strengthen Emergency Communications
Public safety and emergency communications is an ever-changing field in which practitioners must stand ready to face new challenges. SAFECOM endeavors to assist the public safety community in navigating changes to the emergency communications ecosystem. You can now hear in more detail how SAFECOM supports the community by watching SAFECOM's latest video, SAFECOM: Created by Public Safety Stakeholders to Strengthen Emergency Communications. This video features SAFECOM members highlighting key features of the program, including membership and participation, overall goals, and how SAFECOM helps strengthen the public safety community.
Read More About SAFECOM
Below are some useful documents to become better informed about the program:
- SAFECOM Governance Charter (.pdf, 400.23 KB)
The SAFECOM Charter outlines the mission, goals, objectives, membership, and operating procedures of SAFECOM.
- SAFECOM Governance Operating Processes and Procedures (.pdf, 927.12 KB)
This document provides supplemental information to the SAFECOM Governance Charter, including SAFECOM’s goals and objectives, and how SAFECOM conducts administrative tasks such as election processes and product approval procedures.
- 2022 SAFECOM Annual Summary (.pdf, 1.27 MB)
This year in review document showcases SAFECOM's recent successes and achievements.
- 2023 SAFECOM Strategic Plan (.pdf, 372.53 MB)
This document describes the Program's short- and mid-term priorities, and associated annual products and activities, to enhance operability and interoperability for public safety communications.
- SAFECOM Fact Sheet (.pdf, 338.58 KB)
This fact sheet provides information about SAFECOM's background, mission, and initiatives.
- SAFECOM Introduction Presentation (.pdf, 4.02 MB)
This presentation provides a quick history on SAFECOM and it's current initiatives.
- Emergency Communications Advisory Groups White Paper (.pdf, 152.39 KB)
This white paper explains the difference between SAFECOM and similar organizations such as, the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC), National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) and National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC).