Guidance on Emergency Communications Grants

Sources: EMR-ISAC, DHS

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Communications announced last week the release of the Fiscal Year 2012 SAFECOM Guidance on Emergency Communications Grants. This document is updated annually to provide guidance for state, local, tribal, and territorial grantees on eligible activities and equipment standards that may be applicable to federal grants which fund emergency communications projects.

The purpose of the guidance is to provide the following information:

  • Emergency communications activities that can be funded through federal grants.
  • Technical standards that facilitate interoperability.
  • Recommendations for planning, coordinating, and implementing emergency communications projects.

is not a grant program, but a source of guidance for organization’s applying for federal grant funding. Specifically, it is a public safety-driven communications program that works to build partnerships among all levels of government to improve emergency response through more efficient interoperable wireless communications.