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Welcome To SAFECOM

SAFECOM is a communications program of the Department of Homeland Security. SAFECOM provides research, development, testing and evaluation, guidance, tools, and templates on interoperable communications-related issues to local, tribal, state, and Federal emergency response agencies.  The Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) supports SAFECOM’s development of guidance, tools and templates. The Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC) supports SAFECOM-related research, development, testing, evaluation and standards.  OEC is managed by the Directorate for National Protection and Programs. OIC is managed by the Science and Technology Directorate.

As an emergency responder-driven program, SAFECOM is working with existing Federal communications initiatives and key emergency response stakeholders to address the need to develop better technologies and processes for the multi-jurisdictional and cross-disciplinary coordination of existing systems and future networks.  SAFECOM harnesses diverse Federal resources in service of the emergency response community.  

This website provides members of the emergency response community and other constituents with information and resources to help them meet their communications and interoperability needs.  It offers comprehensive information on topics relevant to emergency response communications and features best practices that have evolved from real-world situations.

We invite you to visit the site often for updates and additional information.  In order to ensure that SAFECOM remains a forward-looking program – based on the front-line knowledge of those who are impacted the most by communications issues affecting emergency response – we ask that you provide questions and feedback to us through the link below.

E-mail questions to the SAFECOM program

E-mail questions to OEC