SAFECOM was formed in 2001 after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 as part of the Presidential E-Government Initiative to improve public safety interoperability, allowing emergency responders to communicate effectively before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. SAFECOM’s mission is to improve designated emergency response providers’ inter-jurisdictional and inter-disciplinary emergency communications interoperability through collaboration with emergency responders across federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and international borders.

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.

Below are some useful documents to become better informed about the program.

SAFECOM Governance Charter
The SAFECOM Charter outlines the mission, goals, objectives, membership, and operating procedures of SAFECOM.

2020 SAFECOM Annual Summary
This year in review document showcases SAFECOM's recent successes and achievements.

2021 SAFECOM Strategic Plan
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
The SAFECOM Fact Sheet provides information about SAFECOM's background, mission, and initiatives.

SAFECOM Introduction Presentation
This presentation provides a quick history on SAFECOM and it's current initiatives.

Emergency Communications Advisory Groups White Paper
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).

SAFECOM's Marilyn J. Praisner Leadership Award
This Award recognizes SAFECOM members who have significantly and consistently contributed to the effectiveness of SAFECOM in its mission to guide CISA in the improvement of public safety communications, and to provide the national public safety community with high quality products to guide its members in the development, coordination, and improvement of their own public safety communications systems. This award is bestowed on behalf of SAFECOM to individual members who exemplify the mission of SAFECOM.

Its namesake, Marilyn J. Praisner, was the first SAFECOM Executive Committee Chair and was the Montgomery County Council’s representative from District 4 in Maryland. Known for her national leadership on technology and telecommunications issues, Mrs. Praisner represented local government across the country on numerous technology associations, committees, and task forces. She served on National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Homeland Security Task Force and was four times chair of its Telecommunications and Technology Steering Committee.

  • Chief Harlin McEwen, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) - 2016 Recipient
  • Chief Douglas M. Aiken (see Norman 2017 meeting summary), National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) - 2017 Recipient 
Last Updated Date: September 29, 2021

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