CISA Seeking Feedback on Updated Nat’l Emergency Comms Plan

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is looking to include input on the updates for the 2019 version of the National Emergency Communications Plan, DHS said in a notice.

The NECP, last published in 2014, serves as a guide for entities seeking to coordinate operations and invest in operable and interoperable communications for emergency response and recovery missions. The plan covers traditional emergency response groups and other relevant entities such as nongovernmental organizations, medical facilities, media and private citizens.

Potential updates to the NECP include the expansion of technologies, personnel and functions to support emergency communications to assist public safety agencies to "address today's challenges while also planning for future advancements.” In 2018, CISA commenced development and implementation efforts for the first NECP under the Homeland Security Act of 2002. Congress directs the agency to facilitate a baseline assessment every five years and periodically revise the guide.

Interested parties may submit feedback on the updated NECP through March 22.

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