Community List

Name Description Members
Military Emergency Management
Provide connections to individuals charged with protection of Military Communities. 25
Moore Norman Technology Center
Public Career and Technology Education Center 4
Mutual Aid Strong Angel Community
On September 10-11, 2012, the FEMA National Integration Center (NIC) hosted the first Mutual Aid Strong Angel Demonstration to bring together several key stakeholder groups that have technology-enabled mutual aid systems to demonstrate, in a “no-fault” live environment, how these various systems most effectively and efficiently work together towards the same goal and how they can share information in real-time. The purpose of this effort is to maximize the operational viability of the Nation’s investments in mutual aid and improve upon the current National Mutual Aid System. The National Mutual Aid System is a system of systems that builds on existing processes that span from routine, automatic aid to the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). It integrates related national policy; local, state, territorial, tribal, and Federal mutual aid agreements and compacts; national guidance; and technology-enabled mutual aid systems in-use by public safety nation-wide. To further collaboration on this topic and inform a supporting National Interoperable Mutual Aid Technology Architecture a “Mutual Aid Strong Angel” community of practice has been established. 27
Narrow Band
A disucssion of all things Wide band to Narrow Band including tools, frequency coordination discussions, etc. Remember the magic date is January 1, 2013. This community will also discuss the addition of narrow band frequency designators to your license. 103
National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC) Community
The FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC) Community is a networking forum that facilitates member-to-member discussion and information-sharing related to common challenges and best practices relevant to private sector resilience, emergency management, and disaster response. 63
National Capital Region Improvised Nuclear Device Planning Group
The National Capital Region Improvised Nuclear Device Working Group Working group will develop and collaborate on a Improvised Nuclear Device Plan for the National Capital Region. After the completion we continue to collaborate on the annual & semiannual plans maintenance. The audience is emergency management planners & State Emergency Support Functions team members in the State of Maryland, Commonwealth of Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Additions Federal Partners will include all federal agencies that support or serve in support of the Response Emergency Support Functions HHS, DOT, USACE, and DoD. 7
National Conversation on Homeland Security Technology
This community will provide a single location for the National Conversation (Nat Convo) planning team to collaborate and share information and documents. 4
National Exercise Program (NEP)
This Community of Practice is for internal collaboration and working space for the National Exercise Program 24
National Exercise Program Capstone Exercise 2014 (NEPCE)
The National Exercise Program Capstone Exercise 2014 (NEPCE) is a complex emergency preparedness exercise that serves as the capstone event for every two-year cycle of the National Exercise Program (NEP). The NEPCE will examine the Nation’s ability to coordinate and implement response and recovery policies across multiple mission areas and will be designed, conducted, and evaluated based on objectives and capabilities that align with four Principals’ Objectives of the 2013-2014 NEP cycle. 11
National Guard
Community where all members can discuss the various roles the National Guard has in Homeland Security and responds to natural or man-made disasters. A forum where everything from new ideas on roles and responsibilities to how industry can respond to the needs of the National Guard and First Responder communities can be openly discussed. 108
National Information Sharing Consortium (NISC)
The National Information Sharing Consortium (NISC) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving situational awareness, interoperability, and information sharing capabilities at all levels of government and for all Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Public Safety, First Responder and Healthcare Preparedness communities across the nation. Since its founding in 2012, the NISC s grown from five (5) founding members to over 435 member organizations representing over 1000 federal, regional, tribal, state, and local government (civilian and military), non-governmental, academic, and private industry partner organizations across the United States, Canada, and in several other countries around the world. Many NISC members play important leadership roles in State Interoperability Executive Councils, International and National Associations (e.g. IAEM, NEMA, NASCIO, NSGIC, IAFC, IACP, etc.), and national initiatives inclung the Project SAFECOM Interoperability Initiative and the White House supported Incident Mangement Information Sharing Working Group among others. NISC Membership - https://www.nisconsortium.org/nisc-membership . The NISC Board of directors is comprised of leaders and practitioners with experence in a wide variety of fields. Directors come from the National Guard, emergency management agencies, fire departments, police departments, healthcare preparedness organizations, information technology and GIS agencies, and the private sector. They bring a wealth of experience and represent local, state, regional, national, and international perspectives. Our Board members are recognized experts in their fields, and their knowledge and vision shapes the work of the NISC. NISC Leadership - https://www.nisconsortium.org/about-nisc/leadership/ . In partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) First Responders Group, the NISC presents an opportunity for information sharing on a "whole of government" scale. 6
National Mass Care Strategy
An effective mass care strategy is one which we are well versed and fully prepared for, no matter the scale and scope of the disaster. A community that supports all community mass care needs, including emergency sheltering, feeding, bulk distribution, evacuation, household pets and service animals, access and functional needs and family reunification. To best address these needs, which are scalable based on severity and scope of an event, the concept of a National Mass Care Strategy was introduced and developed through a collaborative process led by the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency and National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster under the direction of the National Mass Care Council. 45
National Planning System Virtual Resource Center
The National Planning System is an effort to build and integrate the Nation’s planning capabilities. The System does not focus exclusively on creating plans; rather, its goal is to provide the necessary training, tools and resources to enhance the Nation’s planning capability and to integrate planning across all disciplines regardless of the scope of the planning effort. 19
National Security Professional Emergency Management Fellows
Promote the education, training, and experience of current and future professionals in national security positions in executive departments and agencies. 21
National Wildland Fire Coordination Group
A community for wildland fire fighters to access and share critical information in a secure easy to use web portal 97
NBEOC Maintenance Group
This community is intended for the sharing of information between DHS S&T staff and FEMA private sector division for the maintenance of the nbeoc community. 3
NED Test
NED 4
New York Area Science and Technology Forum
Managed and hosted by S&T's National Urban Security Technology Laboratory in Manhattan, the New York Area Science and Technology Forum (NYAST) is a consortium of federal, state, and local government organizations and private sector groups who regularly meet and interact to promote and discuss advances in science and technology applications. The quarterly NYAST topical meetings provide an opportunity for the diverse First Responder members to interact and develop contacts across the homeland security community. In addition, the NYAST forum provides a unique opportunity to gather valuable feedback from field operators and to draw out operators’ most pressing issues and needs in homeland security. 198
Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS)
The Next-generation of Incident Command System (NICS) is a DHS S&T sponsored program that integrates current and next-generation Incident Command System (ICS) Concepts of Operations (CONOPS) and supports real-time collaboration in a web-browser, map-based environment with shared whiteboarding, data overlays and text chatting. This online approach promotes a high-fidelity distributed Common Operating Picture (COP) that enhances voice-relayed information, while reducing the demands on frequently overloaded radio frequencies. Furthermore, the system streamlines information distribution and maintains valuable incident archives by capturing decisions and conversations that are lost in current voice-centric disaster responses. 65
NGFR Smart Hub Quick Start Guide
The DHS S&T Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) Apex program is committed to support our Nation’s first responders—law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical personnel—in carrying out their duties. As part of their efforts, the NGFR Apex program is developing the First Responder On-Body Next Generation Architecture (Smart Hub). This architecture has been developed to guide vendors in developing Smart Hub modules that will interact successfully with one another and provide the capabilities needed by first responders in the execution of their missions. The Smart Hub Quick-Start Guide introduces the information systems, software subsystems, and hardware /software devices that fulfill a set of initial Smart Hub requirements. The NGFR Apex team would like to invite a selected audience to access and provide comments on this living document throughout the next several months to make sure the handbook meets the needs of our industry partners for a better and smoother technology integration and cooperation. 14
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