Developing a National Emergency Communications Plan

This plan is and will continue to be a joint initiative by public safety responders at the local, state and federal levels and the private sector.


Goal 1: By 2010, 90 percent of all high-risk urban areas designated within the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) are able to demonstrate response-level emergency communications[1] within one hour for routine events involving multiple jurisdictions and agencies.

Goal 2: By 2011, 75 percent of non-UASI jurisdictions are able to demonstrate response-level emergency communications within one hour for routine events involving multiple jurisdictions and agencies.

Goal 3: By 2013, 75 percent of all jurisdictions are able to demonstrate response-level emergency communications within three hours of a significant event as outlined in national planning scenarios.

The vision of the NECP is to ensure emergency response personnel at all levels of government and across all disciplines can communicate as needed, on demand, and as authorized, through improvements in communications operability, interoperability, and continuity nationwide. OEC welcomes ongoing feedback on the NECP. To provide your comments, please click the link below. This will launch your e-mail program, which will allow you to send an e-mail message to OEC. Please do not include any personally identifiable information with your comments.

NECP General Feedback may be sent to oec@hq.dhs.gov.