Communications Unit

The resources in this section provide information and training resources on the Communications Unit.

Communications Section Task Force Publications

The Joint SAFECOMNational Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) Communications Section Task Force was stood up to better understand present governance models and best practices within the Communications Unit environment. The task force also addresses communications interoperability concerns across agencies, states, and organizations. The products and resources below were developed by the Communications Section Task Force to support the Communications Unit.

Defining the Future State of the Communications Section Fact Sheet
The Communications Section Task Force: Defining the Future State of the Communications Section Fact Sheet highlights the Communications Section Task Force's purpose, goals, and vision for the future of a Communications Section.

National Incident Management System (NIMS) Refresh Letter
The Communications Unit Working Group, on behalf of SAFECOM, developed a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency providing a recommendation for a revision of the Communications Unit Leader position within the Incident Command System and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). The letter was submitted during the public comment period for the NIMS Refresh.

An Unmet Need: National-Level Governance for the NIMS/ICS Communications Unit (white paper)
The white paper investigates the communications environment and addresses concerns put forth by the emergency communications community of responders.

Communications Unit Training Resources

Communications Unit Personnel Position Task Book Sign-Off Process Template
This template is intended to shepherd SWICs and/or state governing communications bodies through the basic processes and procedures necessary for establishing a COMU PTB sign-off process. This document is meant to guide, rather than restrict. Not all items may be applicable to every program.

Communication Unit Training Resources
Documents and videos supporting CISA's training resources.

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