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CISA SAFECOM Guidelines: Emergency Communications Boost

The NCSWIC and CISA work closely together to develop and maintain the SAFECOM Guidelines.

by Ashish Khaitan June 20th, 2024

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CISA has released the new version of the SAFECOM Guidelines. This exclusive guideline talks about the Emergency Communications Grants in cooperation with SAFECOM and NCSWIC. The new version aims to give the correct information to businesses globally.

The National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) work closely together to develop and maintain the SAFECOM Guidelines.

According to the guidelines, the collaboration between the agencies goes into great detail about financial requirements, eligibility requirements, and technical requirements.

The New CISA SAFECOM Guidelines

The new SAFECOM guidelines help state, local, tribal, and territory governments secure federal money for crucial emergency communications projects is its main goal. Billy Bob Brown, Jr., Executive Assistant Director for Emergency Communications at CISA, stated: “The SAFECOM Guidance on Emergency Communications Grants is an essential resource that supports our collective efforts to strengthen the resilience and interoperability of emergency communications nationwide.” 

The guidance aims to provide a seamless experience to governments and agencies while also receiving new updates every year. These updates include new developments in technology and online risk management. It guarantees that grantees have access to the most recent guidelines and specifications required to construct reliable, safe, and compatible communication networks. By adhering to these standards, recipients can maximize government funding by ensuring that investments align with both national and community interests.

“Incorporating SAFECOM Guidance into project planning not only enhances funding prospects but also strengthens the overall emergency response capabilities of our communities,” Brown said. The document encourages stakeholders to adopt best practices in the planning, organizing, and execution of emergency communications projects to foster a uniform strategy across all governmental levels and public safety groups.

SAFECOM and Federal Agencies

Federal organizations such as the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Homeland Security have acknowledged the SAFECOM Guidance as a vital resource since its establishment. 

Grant candidates are encouraged to utilize the SAFECOM Guidance to ensure that their projects are in line with state, local, tribal, or territorial emergency communications strategies. To address the diverse needs of public safety organizations and communities, the research places a strong emphasis on the integration of new technologies, cybersecurity measures, and interoperable communication systems.

Through the SAFECOM website, CISA offers resources and information on comprehending federal grant criteria to further assist stakeholders. The team is still dedicated to helping applicants create thorough plans that both satisfy funding requirements and improve emergency infrastructure’s overall resilience.

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