SAFECOM Nationwide Survey

SAFECOM Nationwide Survey. Influence the future of Emergency Communication. Take the SAFECOM Nationwide Survey later this year.

The SAFECOM Nationwide Survey (SNS) is a nationwide data collection effort to obtain actionable and critical data that drives our nation’s emergency communication policies, programs, and funding. SAFECOM will leverage the collected data to identify gaps and inform development of the program’s strategic priorities and inform the Nationwide Communication Baseline Assessment (NCBA) developed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency 


About the SAFECOM Nationwide Survey (SNS)

In accordance with the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended (6 U.S.C. § 573(a)), Congress directs CISA to assess federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments emergency communications every five years. The data collected from the SAFECOM Nationwide Survey will be utilized to conduct the NCBA. The assessment focuses on:

  Analyzing the current state of emergency communications capabilities;

  Identifying nationwide gaps; and

  Measuring the evolution of emergency communications since the last iteration of the SNS

Please continue to visit the SAFECOM webpage for the most up-to-date information. Questions about the SNS can be directed to

Who Should Take the SNS

Your participation is vitalAny agency or organization that is charged with a public-safety related mission and uses emergency communications technology is encouraged to take the survey. To achieve statistical validity of results, we need respondents from various disciplines, geographies, and levels of government.

In particular, the survey targets participation from the following disciplines:

ECC icon  Emergency Communications Centers

Emergency management icon  Emergency Management

Law enforcement icon  Law Enforcement

EMS icon  Emergency Medical Services

Fire and Rescue icon  Fire and Rescue

Benefits To Your Organization

SNS results help government officials and emergency responders better understand emergency communications needs so they can make data-driven funding, policy, and programmatic decisions to strengthen emergency communications capabilities. SNS data helps:

  Shape policy and funding

  Tailor programs and services

  Build knowledge and awareness of capabilities and gaps

Uses of SNS Data

Participant responses and data gathered from the SNS help public safety officials better understand emergency communications needs.

Word cloud: hearings, priorities, equipment, resources, budget, reports, training, studies, lifecycle planning, and strategies.SNS data is used in a variety of ways:

  Budget development


  Influence training

  Determine resource needs

  Drive technology decisions

  Congressional grant funding guidance

Additionally, the SAFECOM Nationwide Survey (SNS) data will be shared, as appropriate, with emergency communications public safety partners.

2018 SAFECOM SNS Results

2018 SAFECOM SNS Results (.pdf, 2.88 MB)

The SAFECOM Nationwide Survey (SNS) was a data collection initiative the Department of Homeland Security Emergency Communications Division (ECD) conducted from late 2017 thru March 2018 in order to enable the assessment of federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments in regards to emergency communications. Results from the SNS support ECD's development of the Nationwide Communications Baseline Assessment (NCBA) in accordance with the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended (6 U.S.C. §573(a)).

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