Community List

Name Description Members
Radiological Operations Support Specialist (ROSS)
Radiological Operations Support Specialist (ROSS) is a National Incident Management (NIMS) typed position to address the significant radiological, social, and public health complexities of radiological and nuclear (rad/nuc) emergencies. This is a forum for radiation safety professionals, emergency responders, and emergency managers to identify ROSS best practices, insights, and lessons learned. It will also be an opportunity for forum members to help define appropriate ROSS training, credentialing, and skills, knowledge, and abilities. The ROSS supports rad/nuc emergency response by integrating into the incident Command System (ICS) and can operate anywhere from the forward field to the Emergency Operation Center. The ROSS brings specialized skills and understanding in plume modeling, radiological data assessment, and the hazards and risks associated with a rad/nuc incident. The ROSS uses technical tools such as RadResponder and CMWeb to help collect, collate, and communicate critical technical data to federal partners and key state and local decision makers. The ROSS is essential to help communities best use and integrate federal response assets (such as IMAAC, NARAC, RAP, NG CST, FRMAC, AMS, REAC/TS, and the Advisory Team) and their products. 5
Region 2 Incident Management Team CT
The CT Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), through the Incident Management Team of the Statewide Emergency Management and Homeland Security Coordinating Council (Coordinating Council), has been assisting in the establishment of regional all-hazards Incident Management Teams (IMTs), corresponding to the DEMHS regions. The Region 2 IMT is composed of local volunteers who are trained and organized to support emergency response and recovery efforts or planned event operations by providing the framework necessary to establish an incident command or unified command system as required by the National Incident Management System (NIMS). 11
Regional Operations Platform Pilot (ROPP) II
The Regional Operations Platform Pilot (ROPP) pilot community is a place where members from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia can collaborate to advance the goals of developing state and regional information sharing capabilities in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through its Virtual USA initiative. The community is available to federal, state, local, and tribal constituencies within those 10 southeast states. 45
Region IV NRIA CPT Collaboration
Community for the Collaborative Planning Team working on the Region IV NRIA Annex to the Region IV All Hazards Plan. Membership is by invitation only. 40
Region VI Public Safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) Interoperability Forum
This community is for the purpose of 1) Exchanging ideas, visions, strategies, and issues among the LTE government contractors and organizations involved in 700 MHz public safety mobile broadband network early deployment; 2) Identifying key issues which need to be subsequently managed, tracked, and monitored going forward in the Region VI LTE implementation process, developing an order in which such issues should be discussed, and setting a future schedule for follow-up meetings and meeting locations; 3) Avoiding duplication of other efforts, by focusing on issues specific to LTE implementation in Region VI, and not duplicating efforts of organizations such as the FCC, ERIC, DHS-OEC and NIST/NTIA-PSCR, 3GPP, or other entities also working on broadband LTE for Public Safety; 4) Establishing an open, standards-based LTE environment which supports a healthy, competitive procurement of network infrastructure and terminal devices, while enabling LTE suppliers to innovate and produce sustainable products and services; and 5) Enabling an early deployment of an interoperable 700 MHz mobile public safety LTE broadband network which, when fully deployed in Region VI, will support public safety responders in being safer, more responsive, and more effective in their efforts toward saving human life and property. 79
Response and Defeat Operations Support (REDOPS)
The REDOPS team will evaluate Bomb Squad Response and Defeat technologies and capabilities using key capability measures (i.e. effectiveness, reliability, interoperability, etc.) under a wide variety realistic and relevant real-world operational scenarios. All assessments will be performed with actual state and local bomb squads. Efforts will initially focus on vehicle-borne improvised explosive device response. The REDOPS Community of Practice will serve as a means for the team to prioritize technology assessments, disseminate information, solicit feedback, and encourage community involvement. A REDOPS - Secure Community of Practice has been created for dissemination of the REDOPS Assessment Reports to qualifying federal, state and local government employees. 2
RND Program Assistance Framework 2
The purpose of the Program Assistance Framework Project is to develop a methodology and products that will be used for planning, organizing, securing, and managing resources to develop a Radiological/Nuclear Detection Capability. This framework is designed to support the goals and objectives of the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture (GNDA) in assisting federal, state, local and tribal governments in developing rad/nuc detection architectures by providing processes and products that will guide these organizations in the development of a rad/nuc capability that will help them equip, train and exercise these capabilities. 25
Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety (RAPS)
The RAPS team will evaluate Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) using key capability measures (i.e. endurance, stability, resolution, etc.) under a wide variety of simulated but realistic and relevant real-world operational scenarios. The RAPS Community of Practice will serve as a means for the team to disseminate test data, solicit feedback and encourage community envolvement. A RAPS - Secure Community of Practice has been created for dissemination of the RAPS Test Reports to qualifying federal, state and local government employees. 103
Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety (RAPS) Secure
The RAPS team will evaluate Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) using key capability measures (i.e. endurance, stability, resolution, etc.) under a wide variety of simulated but realistic and relevant real-world operational scenarios. The RAPS-Secure Community of Practice will serve as a means for the team to disseminate the RAPS Test Reports to qualifying federal, state and local government employees. 59
ROSS Steering Committee
This closed group is for the ROSS Steering Committee Members 3
Safety Officers
The objective of the Safety Officer's Community is to provide a venue for the exchange of information, documents, job aids and experiences from safety officers (SOFR) all over the country. 53
SANDBOX where you can Play and Experiment
A community of practice where users can try the different features and learn how to use the Communities of Practice application. 141
SAVER Community
This community hosts limited distribution SAVER documents for registered users to view and download. We are in the process of reclassifying and transitioning SAVER documents from FRCoP to the S&T website (https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/saver). If you require accessibility assistance with limited distribution SAVER documents during this transition, please contact NUSTL@hq.dhs.gov. 89
Search and Rescue Working Group
The intent of this working group is to provide a general framework for discussions related to search and rescue as defined by FEMA's ESF 9. This comprehensive grouping includes urban, wilderness, maritime and aeronautical SAR. The inclusion of the various SAR disciplines in one working group is to encourage information sharing and technology developments. 179
SEC Safety and Security Association
This community is established to provide a secure location for South Eastern Conference Police Chiefs, Emergency Managers, and Athletics Event Managers to share sensitive documents, best practices, new initiatives and other related information to promote continuity, consistency and improve the overall safety and security of SEC events. 22
Situational Awareness and Common Operating Picture Certificate Program
Community members will focus on the development and implementation of a Situational Awareness and Common Operating Picture (SA & COP) Certificate program for emergency management professionals across the nation. 5
Small Unmanned Aerial Systesm (sUAS)
The small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) community is open for an First Responder, Emergency Management, Wildlife resource, Agriculture or other interested government communities that currently use unmanned systems or is looking to start using them for officer safety and force multipliers. This will be a best practices/lessons learned forum for all things UAS: FAA coordination, flight training, constitutional requirements, Search and Rescue, Surveillance (warranted), Emergency Response, Advanced Crime Scene Photography, Mass Casualty Response, Active Shooter and Tactical response missions. 57
South Carolina National Guard J5
Collaboration site for Annual Restructuring Report to the State’s Legislative Oversight Committee. This report requires collaboration from all entities in the SC Military Department. 1
Sport and Stadium Security
Sporting and entertainment venues are increasingly vulnerable to manmade and natural disasters. Members of this Community come from across all sectors to discuss ways to improve security operations at sporting events. 146
Students in Emergency Management
This community allows students wishing to pursue careers in Emergency Management/Homeland Security to collaborate on advancements in the field, career opportunities, and new research. 55
Symbology for NIMS and ICS Applications
The purpose of this community is to promote development of a national consensus-based standardized symbol set for use by personnel using National Incident Management System (NIMS) or Incident Command System (ICS) protocols and procedures. 130
Tactical Medicine
Discussion group centering on unifying tactical medical first responders including advancements, lessons learned, tacmed programs and training analysis, TCCC for civilian first responders, successes, etc. 82
TAMU Police Department
A restricted community for members of the Texas A&M University Police Department in College Station, Texas 16
TAMU System Council of Law Enforcement Administrators
This community is established to provide a secure location for Texas A&M University System Police Chiefs and Security heads to share sensitive documents, best practices, new initiatives and other related information to promote continuity, consistency and improve the overall safety and security of Texas A&M System universities. 9
Texas National Emergency Communications Plan Goal 2 Coordination Community
Texas will be taking a Regional approach for demonstrating NECP Goal 2 response-level emergency communications compliance, due by July 1, 2011. All 254 Texas counties are required by the US Department of Homeland Security-Office of Emergency Communications (DHS-OEC) to participate in one of the many Regional Goal 2 Demonstrations to be held across the state, or have participated in a previous incident as outlined in the DHS-OEC Goal 2 guidance document. The intent of each NECP-Goal 2 exercise is to meet the DHS-OEC requirement for at least 75 percent of the non-UASI jurisdictions to demonstrate response-level emergency communications within one hour for routine events involving multiple jurisdictions and agencies prior to July 1, 2011. This community will provide an administrative and collaborative site for all agencies to share documents and experiences during the NECP-Goal 2 process. 55
Texas Regional Interoperable Communications Planning (RICP) Community
The Texas Regional Interoperable Communications Planning (RICP) Community provides a forum for Texas emergency responders, representatives from the 24 regional Councils of Governments, and supporting consultants/vendors to collaborate and share best practices regarding their regional communications planning efforts. 114
Texas State Agency Radio Coalition
Forum for managers/technicians/programmers of state agency radios systems in Texas to exchange ideas and identify issues that may be common throughout different state agencies radio network. 5
Texas State Satellite Initiative
This community serves as the central point of information sharing for management, use, and continual development of the State of Texas emergency communications satellite network. More than 20 agencies are working together to share satellite bandwidth and network infrastructure to achieve robust interoperable communications between all communications platforms needed for a State level emergency response. All documents, policy, SOPs, technical files, scheduling calendar, planning discussions, and on-going interactions between the agencies are handled in this community. Other agencies that would like to learn about or participate in this initiative may also request membership. 29
Texas Telex Users Group
The Texas Telex Users Group provides a forum for Telex users throughout the state to collaborate and share best practices, information, training, and technical information regarding their Telex equipment. 18
Third Country Training Program (TCTP)
TCTP is a strategic mechanism for the U.S. government to build capacity among Southeast Asian countries and advance U.S. strategic interests in the region. 2
Training and Exercise
This community is for those who work in training and exercise, including university, law enforcement, fire, rescue, emergency management, homeland security, military, etc. Members of this group can look for, share, and discuss ways to improve existing training, develop, and to increase the visibility of available training. Any idea can be improved through collaboration from others in the field, and through broadening our base. 141
Tribal Nations Emergency Management
Harmonization, cooperation, and networking home for North American Tribal Emergency managers to discuss issues and share successes relating to the unique issues Tribes and Tribal nations face within the realm of Tribal Emergency Management. 14
TX Dept-Public Safety Office of the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator
The Texas Department of Public Safety Office of the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC)is responsible for statewide interoperable mission-critical voice and data communications strategic planning, affecting the state’s 5,300 public safety agencies. This community is restricted to TxDPS Office of the SWIC staff. 11
TX DPS Special Projects Office Public Safety Communications Bureau
The Law Enforcement Support Division Special Projects Office within the Public Safety Communications Bureau coordinates special project activities associated with tactical and operational wireless communications projects within the Texas Department of Public Safety. This community is restricted to authorized Texas Departments of Public Safety staff. 18
Type III USFA Incident Management Team (AHIMT)
A designated team of trained personnel representing multi-agencies, multi-jurisdictions, and multi-disciplines for extended incidents, Type III Incident Management Teams are formed and managed at the State, regional, metropolitan level, tribal or DHS Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) region. This community is for existing members and those interested in joining Type III IMTs to coordinate, collaborate, discuss, and share resources and information in support of planning, training, and overall preparedness in the event of AHIMT Deployment 209
Unified Incident Command and Decision Support (UICDS)
UICDS is a national "middleware foundation" designed to suport information sharing for the National Response Framework and the National Incident Management System, including the Incident Command System. UICDS middleware is tranparent to system operators during operation and requires no special training. It is built around data standards and the National Information Exchange Model. 56
Urban OpEx hosted by NUSTL
This community serves as a collaboration site for Urban OpEx hosted by NUSTL. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) NUSTL will sponsor Urban OpEx hosted by NUSTL with participation from a broad range of federal, state, local and private sector partners. This event will provide first responders with the opportunity to experiment with new and emerging technologies in realistic, urban scenarios. This three-day event will occur in summer 2015 and will combine demonstrations of leading-edge technologies with scenario-based field assessments throughout the New York City area. 9
- USER FORUM
This Community is open to all users to share information, ask questions and get technical support. 8768
US First Responders Association
Description: U.S. First Responders Association is a non-profit, network of, current and future members, consisting of firefighters, EMS, rescue, police officers, military and civilian support teams. The purpose of the United States First Responders Association shall be to advance the profession of fire, emergency, police and military services through proactive community leadership, education, advocacy, policy, procedure, and guidelines that would best help our emergency services provide aid to the citizens of the United States and worldwide, as well as form a closer bond of fellowship between its members with our focus primarily on: Training, Tactics, Safety, Education and Community Outreach. 159
VA Connecticut Healthcare System
This Emergency Operations Group provides the VA Connecticut Healthcare System (VACTHCS), including Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) and Home Based Primary Care, with an assessable location to communicate, manage, and share Ideas within VACTHCS. 3
VA State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) Grants Subcommittee
Per the code of Virginia, all grant applications having a communications component are required to be reviewed by the Commonwealth’s Interoperability Coordinator. A subcommittee of the Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, the Grants Subcommittee works to evaluate, grade, and prioritize grant submissions from the interoperable communications community, an provide their recommendations to the SWIC before funding decisions are made. 13
VA State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) Information Sharing
A subcommittee of the Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, the Information Sharing Subcommittee works to address the rapidly evolving area discipline of information interoperability. They build strategic plans, develop standards, and craft programmatic priorities for the Commonwealth’s information sharing programs. 26
VA State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) Ops Subcommittee
A subcommittee of the Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, the Operations Subcommittee works to address needs in the planning, tactics, and techniques of interoperable communications, The collaborate during the crafting of the annually revised State Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP), develop regional and tactical communications plans, (RICP/TICP), and build standing communications plans for large incidents and events. 18
VA State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) Policy Subcommittee
A subcommittee of the Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, the Policy Subcommittee works to craft strategic policy that shapes the direction of the Commonwealth’s interoperable communications programs. 10
Video Quality in Public Safety (VQiPS)
First responders rely heavily on video technology to increase their situational awareness while onsite at an incident, monitoring an incident from afar or conducting day-to-day response. As video technology has evolved, equipment options have become increasingly complex. Many first response agencies lack the tools and subject matter expertise needed to make informed video system purchasing decisions, so they often turn to manufacturers to direct them in their purchasing decisions. The VQiPS Initiative provides information and support to first responders so they can articulate their own video quality needs, and ultimately buy the best products to fit their unique needs. Through the creation of unbiased guidance and educational resources, VQiPS assists the first response community in clearly defining and communicating their video quality needs. VQiPS empowers practitioners with the tools and information needed to purchase and deploy the appropriate video technology solutions to support their mission. 9
Virginia COMLINC
Collaborative area for the development of the standard operating procedures, governance agreements and policies of the Commonwealth's Link to Interoperable Communications (COMLINC). This form also serves as a place to share lessons learned and best practices as we mature the COMLINC program statewide. 21
Virginia Communications Cache
The Virginia Communications Cache is a division of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, and is made up of five strategically placed communication caches throughout the commonwealth, each of which is maintained by their respective locality. 15
Virginia Region 1 (Richmond) RPAC I
The Virginia Office of Commonwealth Preparedness (OCP) established the Regional Preparedness Advisory Committees for Interoperability (RPAC-Is) to assist the State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) in implementing the initiatives written in the Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP). Virginia is divided into seven interoperability regions and each region has an RPAC-I. The RPAC-I provides a forum for local communities to coordinate and plan operationally and tactically at the regional level, and helps the state collect regional perspective and input in order make informed interoperability decisions. Collaboration between OCP, the SIEC, and the RPAC-Is helps form an essential foundation for achieving the Commonwealth’s communications interoperability goals. 19
Virginia Region 2 (Culpeper) RPAC I
The Virginia Office of Commonwealth Preparedness (OCP) established the Regional Preparedness Advisory Committees for Interoperability (RPAC-Is) to assist the State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) in implementing the initiatives written in the Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP). Virginia is divided into seven interoperability regions and each region has an RPAC-I. The RPAC-I provides a forum for local communities to coordinate and plan operationally and tactically at the regional level, and helps the state collect regional perspective and input in order make informed interoperability decisions. 18
Virginia Region 3 (Central) RPAC I
The Virginia Office of Commonwealth Preparedness (OCP) established the Regional Preparedness Advisory Committees for Interoperability (RPAC-Is) to assist the State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) in implementing the initiatives written in the Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP). Virginia is divided into seven interoperability regions and each region has an RPAC-I. The RPAC-I provides a forum for local communities to coordinate and plan operationally and tactically at the regional level, and helps the state collect regional perspective and input in order make informed interoperability decisions. 24
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