NIMS Alert 35-19: Updated National Emergency Communications Plan Release

NIMS Alert FEMA

Updated National Emergency Communications Plan Release

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released the updated National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP)– the Nation’s roadmap to ensuring emergency communications interoperability at all levels of government. The NECP was updated to address the current gaps within emergency communications, reflect new and emerging technological advancements, and provide guidance to drive the nation towards a common end-state for communications.

CISA engaged more than 3,500 public safety representatives from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial public safety agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other groups to ensure the NECP is reflective of their emergency communications expertise, experience and needs.

The NECP aligns with the Communications and Information Management component in the National Incident Management System and strives to prepare stakeholders for a rapidly evolving emergency communications landscape.

The updated NECP:

  • Builds upon the key concepts and principles of the 2008 and 2014 versions of the NECP;
  • Revises the vision statement to address secure information exchange and adds the public to acknowledge their increasing role in emergency communications;
  • Emphasizes the importance of strategic and lifecycle planning and sustainable funding;
  • Promotes the importance of evaluating and documenting lessons learned from training and exercises;
  • Underscores the need for coordination of communications assets and capabilities at incidents and planned events;
  • Emphasizes technology and infrastructure lifecycle management and focuses on effective and interoperable information sharing; and
  • Adds a new goal focused on cybersecurity risk management, the mitigation of cybersecurity vulnerabilities, cyber hygiene minimums and funding.

CISA will host a series of 60-minute webinars to discuss the updates to the NECP and answer questions. The webinars are open to the whole community. The schedule follows:

  • Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
  • Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET
  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET 

To participate use: webinar link (for visual): https://share.dhs.gov/necp2019 and dial-in (for audio): (800) 381-7839.

To review the updated NECP visit: https://www.cisa.gov/necp or for questions about the NECP, contact: necp@cisa.dhs.gov.

CISA is committed to supporting the Nation’s emergency responders and will continue to partner with the public safety community to accomplish the NECP’s goals and objectives.

NIMS Alert 03-19: FEMA Seeks Feedback on Two NIMS Resource Management Documents

NIMS Alert FEMA

FEMA’s National Integration Center seeks public feedback on two NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions regarding HAZMAT response released today under theEnvironmental Response/Health and Safety core capability.

NIMS is a key component of U.S. incident management efforts and enables organizations from across the country to work together during incidents of all kinds and sizes. Implementing NIMS across the nation is a fundamental part of building our national preparedness. NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions define minimum qualifications and capabilities for personnel and their equipment within their assigned teams to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of the incident’s cause or size.

  1. To review the documents, visit:
  2. https://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system/national-engagement
  3. To provide comments on the draft, complete the feedback form on the webpage listed above and submit the form to fema-nims@fema.dhs.gov.
  4. The national engagement period for these two documents will end at 5 p.m. ET on March 28, 2019.

NIMS Alert 01-19: National Engagement Period: Proposed Updates to the National Emergency Communications Plan

NIMS Alert FEMA

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is seeking feedback on proposed updates to the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP)—the Nation’s strategic plan to improve emergency communications.

CISA is leading a national effort to update the NECP, which was last revised in 2014. The updated NECP aligns with the Communications and Information Management component in NIMS (National Incident Management System) and strives to prepare stakeholders for a rapidly evolving emergency communications landscape. Proposed updates reflect the expanding ecosystem of people, technologies, and functions involved in supporting emergency communications to aid public safety entities with addressing today’s challenges while also planning for future advancements.  

Informed by stakeholder input and a nationwide emergency communications survey, the NECP provides guidance to those that plan for, coordinate, invest in, and use communications to support response and recovery operations. This includes traditional emergency responder disciplines (e.g., law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, dispatch) and other entities that share information during emergencies, such as medical facilities, utilities, nongovernmental organizations, as well as the media and private citizens.

To provide comments on the updated NECP, complete the feedback form on the DHS website and submit it to OECNECP@hq.dhs.gov by March 22, 2019.

We appreciate your assistance and contributions in updating the NECP. Questions regarding NECP efforts can be directed to OECNECP@hq.dhs.gov.

FY2018 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant Application Webinars & Assistance Tools


Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsRemember: The FY 2018 FP&S grant application period will open on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 8 AM ET and will close on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 5 PM ET.

Grant Application Webinars

The FP&S Program Office will host 2 webinars to help you with your FY 2018 FP&S grant application. The webinars will provide potential applicants with general information about the FP&S grant program, how to navigate the grant application, and tips for preparing an application. FP&S Program Officers will be available to answer questions.

Details and more: AFGP Workshop Schedule at FEMA.gov

FY 2018 Fire Prevention & Safety Application Assistance

Please make sure to thoroughly review the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) prior to beginning your application, as it contains the latest updates to the FY 2018 FP&S Grant Program. Begin preparing your application now by using the following application assistance tools:

  • FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) – This document contains key programmatic updates and application requirements for all eligible applicants.
  • FY 2018 FP&S Application Checklist – This checklist will help you prepare to answer questions within the grant application. Collecting this information will reduce the time and energy needed to complete your application.
  • FY 2018 FP&S Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – This document contains answers to frequently asked questions about the FP&S Grant Program.
  • FY 2018 Research & Development (R&D) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – This document contains answers to frequently asked questions specifically about the Research and Development Activity within the FP&S Grant Program.
  • FY 2018 FP&S Self Evaluation Sheet – This Self Evaluation Sheet will help you understand the criteria that you must address in your Narrative Statement when applying for FP&S grants.
  • FY 2018 FP&S Cost Share Calculator – This calculator will help you understand and determine your organization’s cost share for FP&S grants.

All FEMA FP&S application assistance tools and resources

More about FY2018 FP&S

DHS Announces Counter Terrorism Grants


Institutions of higher education; state, local and tribal governments as well as non-profit institutions are encouraged to apply.

From Campus Safety Magazine

Campus Safety has just learned that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is offering grants to counter violent extremism (CVE). According to Dr. Gus Frias, who is the education sector chief for InfraGard Los Angeles, DHS expects to fund 60 grants totaling $10 million and ranging from $20,000to $1.5 million each. There is no matching requirement, and these grants can be used to strengthen local CVE education, training and outreach. Grant applications are due September 6, 2016…

Learn more about this DHS Counter Terrorism Grant

House Passes FY2014 Homeland Security Spending Bill


On Thursday, June 6th, the House approved H.R.2217, the Fiscal Year 2014 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, by a vote of 245 to 182. The bill provides funding for several important fire and emergency services programs.

The House measure contains $680 million for the Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs, split evenly between the two programs ($340 million each). This is an increase of $5 million over Fiscal Year 2013. The bill also includes $44 million for the United States Fire Administration (USFA) and $35.18 million for the Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) System. Both USFA and the US&R were funded at the same levels in Fiscal Year 2013.

The bill will now be sent to Senate for consideration. CFSI will continue to provide updates throughout the appropriations process.

House to Consider FY2014 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill


Fairfax, Va., June 5, 2013- Today, the U.S. House of Representatives will begin consideration of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 2217). Support amendments, if passed, will increase funding for FIRE-SAFER and US&R programs.

Currently, the bill would fund the FIRE and SAFER grant programs at $337.5 million each, the Urban Search and Rescue System at $27.513 million and the U.S. Fire Administration at $42.162 million.

The House will consider the following amendments to restore funding to important fire service programs:

  • An amendment by Representative Jon Runyan (R-NJ) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) to add $2.5 million each to the FIRE and SAFER grant programs
  • An amendment by Representatives Michael Grimm (R-NY) and Gerald Connolly (D-VA) to provide an additional $7.667 million to the US&R program
  • An amendment by Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA) to add $1.8 million to the USFA budget

Homeland Security Grants: DHS 2011 Grant Applications Available


WASHINGTON — Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced the release of fiscal year (FY) 2011 grant guidance and application kits for 12 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant programs totaling $2.1 billion to assist states, urban areas, tribal and territorial governments, non-profit agencies, and the private sector in strengthening our nation’s ability to prevent, protect, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. In FY 2011, DHS grants were reduced by $780 million from the FY 2010 enacted level, nearly a quarter of FY 2010 DHS grant funding. Full story »