This page includes external resources from government and industry groups on the topics of communications and interoperability.

SAFECOM from the DHS

SAFECOM is a communications program within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that provides research, development, testing and evaluation, guidance, tools, and templates on communications-related issues to local, tribal, state, and Federal emergency response agencies working to improve emergency response through more effective and efficient interoperable wireless communications.

A wide range of documents are available in the SAFECOM online library. The section with documents focusing on the basics interoperability is particularly helpful.

Recommended Reading

Improving Interoperability through Shared Channels (PDF)

Interoperable Communications for Planned Events (PDF)

NPSTC Standard Channel Nomenclature – Revised June 2009 (PDF)

Plain Language Guide (PDF)

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