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National Emergency Communications Plan Released

​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. 

Click here to view the updated National Emergency Communications Plan.

The Future of 911 in Minnesota

Dispatcher receives Text to 911
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.

Interoperable Public Safety Communications

​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.

The board's priorities are to:
  • Ensure advances in technology will be implemented to enhance the ability for all residents to call for help.
  • Provide confidence that responders in every corner of the state have the ability to communicate with each other during an emergency.
  • Enable all counties to effectively alert and warn residents and visitors of impending danger.