Statewide Emergency Management Interoperability Collaborative
California has two primary multi-party organizations tasked with addressing the stateís critical communications challenges for disasters and emergencies. The California Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (CALSIEC) and the Public Safety Radio Strategic Planning Committee (PSRSPC) together represent the diverse local and state first responder community. The Center is assisting both organizations to develop statewide communications interoperability strategic plans that address current modernization challenges and federal mandates that have evolved since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the Gulf Coast hurricanes.
Issues and Challenges:
The current planning effort has allowed diverse first-responder interests to address their specific communication needs in a coordinated manner that covers the full range of geographical, technical, operational, and policy issues. Emergency responders at all levels in California have been struggling to integrate standard procedures in the state with new federal systems mandated as a result of recent national emergencies. Prior to the Centerís involvement, the two main groups tasked with this coordination had been inactive and no formal mechanism was in place to address critical coordination needs and mandates for public safety.
The integrated effort of coordinating these two primary organizations, involving dozens of stakeholders and diverse organizations statewide, has allowed for key partners to successfully achieve consensus-based planning goals. The current Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan is available at http://www.calema.ca.gov.
Key Center Contributions
Since 2005, the Center for Collaborative Policy has assisted CalSIEC and PSRSPC with meeting planning design and facilitation; charter development and stakeholder liaison; strategic planning, and policy mediation for successful critical deliverables.
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