Given the current demands for technological innovation, interoperability, and communications capacity building, DHS-OEC needs to develop a specific lessons learned database for SAFECOM.
Once SAFECOM lessons learned are consolidated and accessible, we need to then leverage lessons learned from SAFECOM, National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC), PSAC, NPSTC, and elsewhere to unify comparable systems and divisions, and build emergency communications and response capacity in communities everywhere across the nation.
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.
CURRENT SAFECOM PRIORITIES:
SAFECOM members identified strategic priorities and developed related work products through their four committees. These committees set priorities in the following 4 categories, which should include lessons learned collection, consolidation, storage, analysis, periodic white papers, and access or dissemination to relevant stakeholders.
1. Education and Outreach
2. Funding and Sustainment
4. Technology Policy
2015 SAFECOM strategic Priorities:
Also see Grant Guidelines information here: