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New Emergency Communications Plan Released by CISA

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's latest version of the National Emergency Communications Plan comes after a two-year process to improve the cybersecurity and flexibility of the nation's emergency communications.

When things go wrong, you need a plan. That's why the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) today released the latest version of the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP). The NECP sets out the strategic plan for establishing and maintaining communications operability, interoperability, and continuity in case of disaster.

Among other things, the NECP established guidelines for how first responders from different governmental units will communicate with one another when they have to work together. In the latest update, the NECP addresses cybersecurity, formal governance, and new technology integration in its pages.

According to a statement from CISA, the plan was updated after input from more than 3,500 stakeholders from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial public safety agencies, government officials, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector. A series of webinars is now planned to help stakeholders understand NECP changes and how to use the new frameworks.

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