Definition Edit

Emergency communications is

the ability of emergency responders to exchange information via data, voice, and video as authorized, to complete their missions.[1]

Overview Edit

Emergency communications consists of three primary elements:

  1. Operability — The ability of emergency responders to establish and sustain communications in support of mission operations.
  2. Interoperability — The ability of emergency responders to communicate among jurisdictions, disciplines, and levels of government, using a variety of frequency bands, as needed and as authorized. System operability is required for system interoperability.
  3. Continuity of Communications — The ability of emergency response agencies to maintain communications in the event of damage to or destruction of the primary infrastructure.

References Edit

  1. DHS National Emergency Communications Plan, at 2.

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