Community List

Name Description Members
9-1-1 Community of Practice
This community discusses current 9-1-1 and police, fire, EMS dispatch concerns. 411
AgroSecurity and Rural Readiness
A community to study, collaborate and enhance the resilience of agriculture and rural agriculture dependent communities in the face of natural, accidental and man made incidents that could threaten the viability of life, infrastructure and and the production of crucial food and fiber needed for local and national security. Topics would encompass agro-security, bio-security, rural resilience and needed change. 113
Alerts and Warnings
This Community will empower the emergency response community with the information needed to update and augment existing alerts and warnings programs using the Commercial Mobile Alert Service (CMAS). Through CMAS, which is sometimes referred to as Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), the public can receive local and national emergency alerts on their mobile devices without having to opt-in to a service. The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate, in partnership with FEMA and the FCC, are engaging with alerts and warnings stakeholders and industry representatives to conduct a series of tests and forum discussions to help emergency managers take advantage of this new capability. S&T is also leading a research and development program to improve the geographic targeting of CMAS messages and to better understand and improve upon how the public responds mobile alerts and warnings. In addition to these activities, S&T is investigating how best to integrate CMAS with existing systems and is gaining an understanding of the wireless coverage of CMAS and how that influences adoption of the system. Email CMAS_Forum@sra.com to sign up for our regular CMAS Update, which includes the latest information on S&T's CMAS activities. 356
AUDREY Hastings Experiment
This community is for stakeholders working on the Canada-U.S. joint experiment of Assistant for Understanding Data through Reasoning, Extraction and Synthesis (AUDREY) as applied to an EMS use case. 9
Auxiliary Emergency Communications (AuxComm)
A source of information for the volunteer emergency communicator who provides support to the public safety community. This would normally involved dedicated volunteer amateur radio operators who provide backup emergency communications to a state, county or city Emergency Operations Center (EOC). A place to share ideas, needs, best practices and standards within the amateur radio community. 149
Biological Incident Annex
The Biological Incident Annex (BIA) community is a place for members of the BIA planning team to share information, exchange documents, and collaborate on the development of the BIA. 12
Body Worn Cameras for First Responders
This open community is intended as a forum to share information, lessons learned and best practices, policies and procedures, and potential technology solutions related to use of Body Worn Cameras by First Responders 45
Burn Saver
This closed community of practice is for Burn Saver collaboration with first responders. 3
Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE) Series
The CAUSE community is a place to share ideas, exchange feedback, collaborate and discuss effective strategies for the Canada US Resiliency Experiment series. 13
Capacity Building Webinar Series Group
Capacity Building Webinars hosted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's First Responders Group offer practitioner-driven instruction, lessons learned, and best practices that foster innovation and meet the evolving challenges facing Homeland Security. This Community of Practice is a platform to continue the dislogue following webinars and to share additional information and resources among practioners. 135
CAPSTONE 19
The CAPSTONE 19 community is a place for multi-agency planning, document curation, and more in preparation for the CAPSTONE 19 exercise. 12
Central US Earthquake Consortium Technology Working Group (CUSEC)
The purpose of the CUSEC Technology Working Group is to leverage existing technology and geographic information systems (GIS) found within the member state emergency management agencies. The group also serves as a roundtable for inclusion of other state agencies, federal, and private partners to create a common operating data plan for a large-scale seismic event. The working group will leverage this community as a virtual planning and collaboration space to support the CUSEC mission. 25
Citizen Corps Network
This is a test network and is currently not functioning. The Citizen Corps Network is an online collaboration tool that is intended to support ongoing communication between Citizen Corps leaders at the national, regional, state, tribal and local levels. 9
City of Plano Web and Social Media Development
City of Plano employees work together on policies and procedures as they relate to City-Wide Web 2.0 and Social Media needs and implementation. 6
Coastal Surveillance System (CSS)
Coastal Surveillance System (CSS) is an unclassified capability to DHS in tracking small vessels (both cooperative and non-cooperative) by improving the probability of detection and enabling future capabilities for automatic target detection and recognition algorithms. The CSS will include international partner participation. CSS plans to leverage domestic and international commercial and civil space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability development efforts. 45
Communications Unit (COMU)
COMU is dedicated to providing updated Communications Unit information regarding training curriculum, best practices, training schedules and anything else pertaining to COMLs and COMTs. This information is provided by the Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program (ICTAP). 152
Communications Unit Leader (COML)
Welcome to the Communications Unit Leader (COML) Discussion List. This site is dedicated to the sharing of information among practioners of the Incident Command System (ICS) that are trained to function as Certified Communications Unit Leaders (COML). The purpose of this group is to foster open communications among a wide array of emergency management professionals and others that deal with preparing for and managing emergencies and other disruptions. 186
Communications Unit Technician (COMT)
A forum for Incident Management Communication Unit Technicians to collaborate about technologies, lessons learned, and best practices. Recommended that all qualified COMT's enroll in this group. 130
Community Administrator Tips
A forum for discussion of best practices and lessons learned when requesting, building, and encouraging community participation on DHS S&T First Responder Communities of Practice. Current Administrators and those interested in becoming administrators are invited to join. 136
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Trainers
This community serves as a collaboration of emergency management, private sector, first responders and volunteers focused on establishing, enhancing and sustaining CERT programs across the nation. Here, best practices and resources are shared to aid others in their program. 310
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