Supporting Statewide Emergency Communications

2012 National Conference

State Emergency Communications
December 2, 2012

Attendees joined state and federal emergency management and homeland security officials for a discussion on policy and technology developments related to preparing for and ensuring emergency communications to coordinate disaster response.

Presentation by Chris Essid, Director, Office of Emergency Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

"Supporting Statewide Emergency Communications"

Chris Essid

Essid serves as the director of the Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) within the Department of Homeland Security. He is responsible for ensuring the nation achieves interoperable emergency communications at all levels of government. He provides recommendations to the DHS secretary, National Security Council, administration and Congress in the area of emergency interoperable voice and data communications as well as leads efforts to implement the initiatives and achieve goals contained in the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP). The NECP serves as the policy framework to providing strategic direction at the national level.

Essid coordinates with the National Communications System director and Federal Emergency Management Administration administrator to ensure OEC supports response efforts when Emergency Support Function 2 (ESF-2) is activated to restore communications. He also coordinates with state homeland security advisors, elected officials and the public safety community to ensure DHS and OEC are providing services and developing policy to meet the needs of our stakeholders.