What is Interoperability?
As defined by the Department of Homeland Security,
and with regard to Communications,
Interoperability is:
“the ability for public safety, emergency response
agencies and government officials to be able to
communicate across levels of government, across
disciplines/organizations, across jurisdictions as
needed, on demand and as authorized.”
Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC)
• In 2007, a Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP),
required that each state form a multi-agency, multidisciplinary working
group or State Interoperability Governing Body (SIGB) to develop the plan
• This group, once established, became the foundation for SIEC structure
and member agencies today
• These member agencies along with additions based upon DHS/OEC
recommendations established NC’s SIEC
• NC SIEC is comprised of over 35 Departments and Agencies; meets on a
quarterly basis.
Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP)
• A collaborative effort to synchronize the strategic
planning of local, tribal, regional, state and federal
government emergency response agencies.
• Provides all stakeholders with improved communications
systems, improved first responder safety and support to
response organizations are included).
CY 2013 Training Sessions
• APR 23 & 24 - Incorporating Communications
into Public Safety Exercises [RAL & CLT]
• JUN 1 & 2 – Training AUXCOMM: Auxiliary
Communications Workshop [RAL]
• JUN 17 thru 20 - Public Safety Communications
Center Operations Workshop [RAL & CLT]
• Q4 2013 – AUXCOMM Train the Trainer [TBD]
CY 2013 Projects
• 3 Branch-based functional exercises
during Q2-Q3 2013
• The development of a Tactical
Interoperable Communications Field
Operation Guide (TIC FOG) with mobile
Tactical Interoperable Communication Plans
• All nine (9) TICPs for each DPR is
now posted to WebEOC
• Hosted at WebEOC for Emergency
Responders’ “eyes only”
North Carolina Department of Public Safety
Division of Emergency Management - Interoperability
4231 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4231
Clay Benton - Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (Interim)
(919) 825- 2256- office; [email protected]
Alyssa Young - Technical Writer
(919) 825-2772 – office; [email protected]

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