The U.S Department of Homeland Security has just released an updated National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP).The strategic plan outlines the priorities to strengthen and enhance interoperable emergency communications capabilities across the nation. The plan also addresses current gaps, highlights emerging technologies and provides guidance to states to invest and maintain emergency communications.The National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC), SAFECOM and others were instrumental in the update.Minnesota’s Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, Jim Stromberg, and others from ECN were engage in the process and provided input.
Next Generation 911. To the average person, that phrase may not mean much. But for Minnesota’s first responders—like fire, police and EMS—that information superhighway is drastically improving the way they go about their lifesaving work. Minnesota started implementing portions of its Next Generation 911 (NG911) system in 2011. In the years since, we’ve added a digital network for all 911 dispatch centers as well as Text-to-911. And we’re not done! The next tool will allow for enhanced location accuracy for 911 calls coming from wireless lines. This capability will improve response times and help save more lives. This case study (page 11) explains how Minnesota’s NG911 system operates on its own and in tandem with a new dedicated wireless broadband network for public safety called FirstNet.
The Statewide Emergency Communications Board provides leadership to set the vision, priorities and technical roadmap for interoperable communications and alert and warnings across the state.