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  • Key Points: IMATs are full time professional response teams --- They will replace Regional and National ERTs. Again, with full-time PFTs A significant benefit of dedicated AND credentialed team is that the faces and operational capability offers continuity..
  • Key Points: IMATs are full time professional response teams --- They will replace Regional and National ERTs. Again, with full-time PFTs A significant benefit of dedicated AND credentialed team is that the faces and operational capability offers continuity..
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    • 1. FEMA Region III Introduction to the Regional Emergency Communications Working Group & Disaster Emergency Communications Division John MacLean DEC Coordinator FEMA Region III DEC October 28 th 2009
    • 2. Acronyms
      • RECCWG = Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group
      • DEC = Disaster Emergency Communications
      • NECP = National Emergency Communications Plan
      • MERS = Mobile Emergency Response Support
    • 3. RECCWG Background
      • The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2007, Section 1805, established RECCWGs—
        • To serve as a key federal coordination point for emergency communications at the regional level
        • Defined membership of regional representatives at the Federal, State, local, and Tribal levels
      • RECCWG membership includes Federal, State, and local government officials, police and fire departments, emergency managers, public safety associations, and communications vendors
      • Title XVIII defines RECCWG statutory duties :
        • Assess survivability, sustainability, and interoperability of local emergency communications systems
        • Report annually to Federal stakeholders on the regional status of interoperable voice and data emergency communications networks
        • Coordinate effective multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency emergency communications networks for use during disasters
        • Coordinate establishment of Federal, State, local, and Tribal support services and networks
    • 4. RECCWG Mission
      • Primary RECCWG missions are to:
        • Facilitate Nationwide coordination between Federal, State, and local emergency communications stakeholders to ensure maximum preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities and assets are leveraged in the event of an incident
        • Provide Federal agencies with a vision into regional preparedness efforts to identify emergency communications shortcomings at the State and local level, and leverage Federal resources to mitigate these risks
        • Act as a forum for Federal agencies to increase awareness of preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities which can be leveraged by State and local emergency communications stakeholders
    • 5. National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) Milestones * NECP was released on July 31, 2008 12 Months from NECP Release July 31, 2009 RECCWGs fully established as the primary link among all levels of government at the FEMA regional level July 31, 2009 RECCWGs work with State and local agencies to assess priority State vulnerabilities July 31, 2009 RECCWGs conduct communications systems impact analyses of the disaster and disruption scenarios 18 Months from NECP Release January 31, 2010 RECCWGs ensure all Federal, State, local and tribal emergency response providers have developed and implemented communications operations continuity plans during and following a disaster 24 Months from NECP Release July 31, 2010 RECCWGs ensure all Federal, State, local, and tribal emergency response providers have coordinated communications continuity exercises and established crisis communications SOPs
    • 6. RECCWG Benefits for Federal, State, and Local Entities
      • RECCWGs offer a number of benefits that span RECCWG membership as well as disaster emergency preparedness, response, and recovery operations
    • 7. RECCWG Roles and Responsibilities
      • RECCWG Members
        • Create an inclusive environment responsive to statutory duties and the needs of members
        • Ensure identified tasks are completed in a timely manner and outstanding issues are passed to the Regional RECC Coordinator
      • Regional RECCWG Vice Chairperson
        • Appointed State Representative that aids in setting the agenda of the discussions of the Work Group in order to help build and inclusive collaborative environment. Vice Chair position rotates annually between each of the 6 region III State representatives.
      • Regional RECC Coordinator (RECCWG Chairperson)
        • Ensure appropriate and active RECCWG membership, representative of Federal, State, local, and Tribal public safety entities, associations, and vendors
        • Support the efforts to share findings and recommendations with Regional Administrator, adjacent FEMA Regions, National RECC Coordinator, and other Federal entities (e.g., OEC, FCC, NTIA, etc.)
      • National RECC Coordinator
        • Provide headquarter-level strategic and planning guidance to support Regional Coordinators and RECCWGs
        • Support planning and technical support at the regional level and interface with other Federal agencies
        • Disseminate National-level emergency communications plans, procedures, and budgets
    • 8.
      • Suggested subcommittees that can be established:
        • Mutual Aid Coordination Subcommittee
        • Frequency Coordination Subcommittee
        • Training and Exercise Subcommittee
        • Grant Programs Subcommittee
      • Federal, State, and local associations that can be leveraged for additional insight:
        • Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO)
        • Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications (FPIC)
        • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
        • International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
        • International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)
        • National Emergency Management Association (NEMA)
        • National Emergency Number Association (NENA)
        • National Public Safety Planning Telecommunications Council (NPSTC)
        • State Hospital Associations
      RECCWG Considerations
    • 9. Federal Agency Coordination and Activities
      • Administers the Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) and Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program (IECGP)
      • Ensure awareness of available Federal funding opportunities
      • Obtain and incorporate feedback on grant programs and guidance
        • FEMA Grant Programs Directorate (GPD)
      • Administers the PSIC Grant Program
      • Provides technical assistance for the PSIC Grant Program
      • Leads Project Roll Call that allows FCC and FEMA to know which state and local radio systems are operational during an incident
      • Performs Communications Unit Leader (COML) training courses
      • Developed the National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (NIFOG)
      • Developed the NECP
      • Develops deployable DEC packages to be used when responding to a disaster
      • Develops emergency communications plans to identify vulnerabilities and mitigation strategies
      Related-Activities
      • Provide State and local level frequency and spectrum coordination in the regions
        • Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
      • Provide a link to communications vendors to facilitate private sector involvement in the RECCWGs
      National Communications System (NCS)
      • Coordinate and deliver technical assistance support
      • Provide best practices, training, exercises, planning, and policy guidance to the State and locals
      Office of Emergency Communications (OEC)
      • Provide Federal frequency coordination
      • Obtain feedback on the PSIC grant program from PSIC members
      National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
      • Support the establishment of the RECCWGs and provides National-level guidance to the regions
        • FEMA Disaster Emergency Communications (DEC) Division
      Responsibility Agency
    • 10.
      • Continue to add new members to the working group
      • Acceptance of the Region III RECCWG Charter scheduled for February 09 Meeting
      • Subcommittees established as of December 08 Meeting:
        • Disaster Emergency Communications Planning
        • Education and Outreach
        • Grants Funding
        • Fuel and Emergency Power for Communications
      • Election of Constance McGeorge from the Commonwealth of Virginia as Working Group Vice Chairperson
      • The Working Group identified the following organizations whose work may overlap into that of the RECCWG:
        • All Hazards Consortium (AHC)
        • Regional Advisory Council (RAC)
        • National Association of State 9-1-1 Directors (NASNA)
      Region III RECCWG Activities
    • 11.
      • RECCWG Meetings
        • Region III DEC has conducted 3 Face to Face Plenary Meetings since the working group inception in 3rd quarter 2008.
        • Teleconferences are held monthly
        • Face to Face meetings are rotated between different Region III state locations in order to accommodate states with travel restrictions
      • Examples of Topics discussed
        • Updates on grant programs targeted toward Communications
        • Updates on the FEMA National Radio System (FNARS) equipment upgrade project
        • Updates on the Integrated Public Alert Warning System project
        • Emergency Communications Planning efforts
        • Agency updates from the Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) and the National Communications System (NCS)
        • State communications initiatives and best practices
      Region III RECCWG Activities (continued)
    • 12.
      • Speaking engagements Providing an overview of RECCWG and DEC
        • West Virginia Radio Interoperability Project Conference in National Guard Camp Dawson WV (September 2009)
        • Pennsylvania Interoperable Communications Summit in State College PA (September 2009)
        • * Several MERS vehicles provided from Thomasville MERS detachment for static display and equipment demonstration purposes (G-20 Summit package)
        • Philadelphia Fire Department Annual Muster event (October 2009)
        • Commonwealth of Virginia / APCO Statewide Communications Conference in Roanoka VA (October 2009)
      Region III RECCWG Outreach Activities
    • 13.
      • FEMA Disaster Emergency Communications
      • Definition, Mission & Disaster Deployment
    • 14. Disaster Emergency Communications Definition and Mission
      • FEMA’s Disaster Emergency Communications (DEC) Division provides and leads integrated Federal communications support to emergency responders at all levels of government
      • DEC’s Mission
        • Ensure operable and interoperable communications are available in a disaster.
        • Provide voice, video, and data communications for responders and Federal partners.
        • Support emergency management across the entire disaster management lifecycle—preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery.
    • 15. DEC Roles and Responsibilities
      • Lead integrator of Federal resources during an incident to support the emergency communications needs of State, local, and tribal governments
      • Deploy communications assets during incidents
      • Establish and support the communications needs of Joint Field Offices (JFO)
      • Develop State-specific operational emergency communications plans
      • Support Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Groups (RECCWG)
      • Coordinate efforts with Federal government agencies and industry partners
      Disaster Emergency Communications must be integrated at all government levels to effectively serve as the backbone of emergency response.
    • 16. National DEC Organizational Structure
    • 17. DEC Plans
      • Regional Communications Plans
        • Define an approach for the regional implementation of communications coordination and rapid response communications capabilities
        • Identify actions for regional communications personnel and supporting national offices to prepare for and deploy to an incident
      • State Communication Plans
        • Provide an integrated Federal, State, local, and Tribal approach to ensuring effective communications coordination prior to and immediately following an incident
        • Define communications requirements and subsequent mitigation strategies for all responsible parties
    • 18. Joint Region VIII & Region III DEC Disaster Deployment (March & April 2009)
      • Flooding along the Missouri River near the State Capital of Bismarck due to Ice Jam. Explosives used to breakup ice and get water moving.
      • Flooding along the Red River in the Cities of Fargo & Grand Forks.
      • Floodwater threatening Dam structures that would affect the Cities of Jamestown, Valley City, Cottonwood Creek, Lisbon.
    • 19. Air and Ground Operations Supported by Communications
    • 20.
        • Ice Jam Demolition
        • Missouri River
        • South of Bismarck, N.D.
        • March 25, 2009
    • 21. Communications Capabilities Coordinated through the FEMA Joint Field Office DEC Branch
      • Provide interoperable communications in Jamestown and Valley City in support of Coast Guard, Army National Guard Aircraft assets and Coast Guard & State Dept. Wildlife boats for Search and Recue missions via mobile VHF radio repeaters.
      • A MERS Incident Response Vehicle operated as the Tactical Operations Center  for the Coast Guard and air operations in Jamestown.
      • MERS VHF radio repeater trailer used to provide fail over tower capability for Public Safety agencies. Main towers threatened by loss of power to equipment shelter or direct penetration of flood waters.
      • DEC coordinated with FCC for temporary radio frequencies in support of SAR and Public Safety backup operations
    • 22. Communications Capabilities Coordinated through the FEMA Joint Field Office DEC Branch (continued)
      • MERS Provided streaming video feed of helicopter sandbag bombing operations to State EOC from the Lamoure Dam that had been partial breached by flood waters to monitor progress.
      • Water levels at the Jamestown Dam had engaged the emergency spillway for the first time since the Dams construction in 1954. DEC Coordinated with Bureau of Reclamation and private sector video sources to leverage existing video assets positioned at the Jamestown Dam. ( a new partnership made)
      • Mobilized 2 Incident Response Vehicles, 4 VHF Radio repeater trailers and over 200 portable radios with spare batteries,
    • 23.
        • Dam north of Jamestown, N.D.
        • Constructed in 1954, 1 st time water flowed into Emergency spillway
    • 24. LaMoure Dam Partial Breech
    • 25. PFO / FCO Operations Section Logistics Section Planning Section Finance/ Admin Section Disaster Emergency Communications (DEC) Branch DEC Branch Director/FECC Tactical Communications Group Supervisor Communications Restoration Group Supervisor Tactical Group Staff Restoration Group Staff Branch Support Staff ESF #2 DEC Branch in the JFO
    • 26. MERS Capabilities Briefing
      • MERS – Mobile Emergency Response Support
    • 27. Who or What is MERS?
      • We are mission oriented .
        • Our job is not to:
          • Take over
          • Make a name for ourselves
          • Play politics
          • Get in the way
        • Our goal is to:
          • Help – simple and straight forward
          • Find a way
          • Accomplish the mission
          • Build practical relationships with other agencies
    • 28. MERS Locations Thomasville, GA Denton, TX Frederick, MD Maynard, MD Denver, CO Bothell, WA
    • 29. Who do we support?
      • FEMA/Regions
        • The majority of our missions involve FEMA/disaster support.
        • Thomasville MERS is assigned Regions 3 & 4.
        • During disasters, our primary focus is supporting the Region and FCO.
      • Federal / DHS / FEMA Special Events and Exercises
        • G20, Inauguration, State of the Union, Space Shuttle Recovery
        • DICE, JUICE, and other exercises
      • State, County, Local, and other agencies
        • DOD, FBI, Secret Service, Search and Rescue
        • Jackson County, TN; New Orleans Mayor’s Office
    • 30. Who do we report to? Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Operations Directorate (DOD) Disaster Emergency Communications Division (DEC) Tactical Emergency Communications Branch (TECB) Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) (Six Detachments)
    • 31. MERS Detachment Organization Bothell MERS Thomasville MERS Denton MERS Denver MERS Frederick MERS Maynard MERS MERS Chief Communications Chief Operations Chief Logistics Chief MERS Security Officer Disaster Preparedness Officer MOC (24/7 MERS Operation Center) 20+ IT Specialists and Communications Specialists 6+ Logistics Specialists, Diesel Mechanics and Utility Specialists
    • 32.
      • Provide mobile telecommunications, operations support, power generation, and life support required for the on-site management of disaster response activities.
      MERS Mission
    • 33. What can MERS provide?
      • Communications Support:
        • Mobile/tactical Communications with access to:
          • FEMA, HSIN, and DHS Networks
          • PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network)
          • VOIP (Voice over IP), ROIP (Radio over IP), and Video conferencing
          • LMR (Land Mobile Radio) networks and interoperability
          • Public Internet
          • Special and/or custom connections with other networks.
            • Example: During Hurricane Gustav, the Louisiana State Patrol lost their T1 connectivity between HQ and a remote repeater tower. We provided a satellite “point-to-point” T1 to re-establish connectivity while a new T1 was being installed.
    • 34. What can MERS provide?
      • Mobile/tactical packages and vehicles:
        • “ Fly-away” packages
          • Small communications packages that may be carried aboard airlines, government vehicles, and/or rental cars.
        • “ Rapid Response” Incident Response Vehicle (IRV)
          • 1-5 people inside vehicle and up to 10 more outside.
        • “ Small” Mobile Emergency Response Vehicle (MEOV)
          • 1-8 people inside vehicle and up to 25 more outside.
        • “ Medium” Mobile Emergency Response Vehicle (MEOV)
          • 1-12 people inside vehicle and up to 25 more outside.
        • “ Large” Mobile Emergency Response Vehicle (Green Hornet)
          • 1-35 people inside vehicle and up to 100 more outside.
    • 35. What can MERS provide?
      • Specialty services and vehicles:
        • Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Assets
          • VHF, UHF, 800 MHz, and Aviation
        • Line-of-Sight (LOS) Communications
          • LOS microwave equipment
        • Streaming Video over IP
          • Provide on location situational awareness
          • Can downlink video from equipped aircraft
        • Satellite Communications
          • Variety of satellite communication vehicles and equipment
        • Secure Communications (Special request)
          • Secure voice, fax, and video conferencing
    • 36. What can MERS provide?
      • Logistics support:
        • Emergency power generation
        • Life support
        • Diesel fuel
        • Potable water
        • Mobile HVAC (up to 16,000 sq. ft.)
      • Operations support:
        • 24 hour / 7 day MERS Operation Center (MOC)
        • Agency coordination
        • Incident reporting
        • Serves as the primary liaison for the MERS Detachment
    • 37. MERS Vehicles
    • 38. Medium Communications Package
      • Forward Communications Vehicle (FCV)
      • VHF Radio
      • UHF Low Band Radio
      • UHF High Band Radio
      • 800MHz Trunking Radio (Interoperable)
      • HF Radio
      • BGAN 727
      • MSAT G2
      • Direct TV
      • ACU-T
      • GPS
      • Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT)
      • 1-3 Mbps via On Call Communications
      • 24 Analog Phones
      • 23 FEMA.net computer ports
      • 23 “Dirty” Internet ports
      • Uninterruptible power supply
      • Portable generators
    • 39. Light Communications Package
      • Blackberry (AT&T)
      • Voice (WPS+GETS)
      • Email
      • Limited Internet
      Iridium Phone (x26) Voice satellite Phone Mobile VTC (x1) Portable Video Teleconference Unit BGAN 700 (x2) Voice or data via commercial satellite or ISDN line
      • Laptop Computer
      • Verizon air card
      • AT&T air card
      Individual Team Member Team Communications Assets XTS-5000 (x23) UHF Handheld Radio QSec (x4) Cellular Secure Voice
    • 40. “Fly-Away” Packages
      • Iridium 9505a
      • INMARSAT
        • BGAN
        • Explorer 700 and 500
      • Situational Awareness (SA) Kit
        • Streaming Video
      • QSEC Secure Cell Phones
      Wide variety of portable communications equipment
    • 41. Incident Response Vehicle (IRV)
      • Supports 1-5 people inside with up to 10 more outside of the vehicle.
      • Primary uses:
        • Situational Awareness
        • Incident command post
        • Forward deployed operations
      • Typical deployed Package
        • 2-person crew
        • IRV
        • F350 w/ Support Trailer
      “ Rapid Response” vehicle
    • 42. Incident Response Vehicle (IRV)
      • The IRV can provide:
        • FEMA Intranet
        • Public Internet
        • Video Conferencing
        • PSTN
        • VOIP, ROIP
        • VHF Repeater
        • HF, VHF, UHF, 800 MHz radio
        • Radio Interoperability
          • Cisco IPICS
          • ACU-1000
        • Audio/Video Capability
          • Streaming Video
      (IRV) – “Rapid Response” vehicle
    • 43. Mobile Emergency Operations Vehicle
      • Supports 1-9 people inside with up to 25 more outside of the vehicle.
      • Primary uses:
        • IMAT (Incidence Management Assessment Team) Support
        • FCO (Federal Coordinating Officer) Support
        • Mobile DRC (Disaster Recovery Center)
        • Mobile Office – General Purpose
      • Typical deployed Package
        • 3-5 person crew
        • MEOV
        • F350 w/ Satellite trailer
        • Admin/Support Vehicle
      (MEOV) – “small” vehicle
    • 44.
      • The MEOV can provide:
        • FEMA Intranet
        • Public Internet
        • Video Conferencing
        • PSTN
        • VOIP, ROIP
        • VHF, UHF, 800 MHz radio
        • Radio Interoperability
          • Cisco IPICS
          • ACU-1000
      Mobile Emergency Operations Vehicle (MEOV) – “small” vehicle
    • 45. Mobile Emergency Operations Vehicle
      • Supports 1-12 people inside with up to 25 more outside of the vehicle.
      • Primary uses:
        • IMAT (Incidence Management Assessment Team) Support
        • FCO (Federal Coordinating Officer) Support
        • Mobile DRC (Disaster Recovery Center)
        • Mobile Office – General Purpose
      • Typical deployed Package
        • 3-5 person crew
        • MEOV
        • F350 w/ Satellite trailer
        • Admin/Support Vehicle
      (MEOV - Kentucky) – “Medium” vehicle
    • 46.
      • The MEOV can provide:
        • FEMA Intranet
        • Public Internet
        • Video Conferencing
        • PSTN
        • (With future upgrade)
          • VOIP, ROIP
          • VHF, UHF, 800 MHz radio
          • Radio Interoperability
            • Cisco IPICS
            • ACU-1000
      • This vehicle is on display outside.
      Mobile Emergency Operations Vehicle (MEOV - Kentucky) – “Medium” vehicle
    • 47. Mobile Emergency Operations Vehicle
      • Supports 10-35 people inside with up to 75 more outside of the vehicle.
      • Primary uses:
        • IMAT (Incidence Management Assessment Team) Support
        • FCO (Federal Coordinating Officer) Support
        • Mobile Office – General Purpose
      • Typical deployed Package
        • 5-7 person crew
        • Green Hornet
        • F350 w/ Satellite trailer
        • Support Vehicle
        • Admin Vehicle
      (MEOV – Green Hornet) – “Large” vehicle
    • 48.
      • The Green Hornet can provide:
        • FEMA Intranet
        • Public Internet
        • Video Conferencing
        • PSTN
        • (With future upgrade)
          • VOIP, ROIP
          • VHF, UHF, 800 MHz radio
          • Radio Interoperability
            • Cisco IPICS
            • ACU-1000
      Mobile Emergency Operations Vehicle (MEOV – Green Hornet) – “Large” vehicle
    • 49. Portable KU Satellite Trailer
      • The PKU can provide:
        • Multiple KU satellite downlinks
        • BGAN (INMARSAT) services
      • Typical uses:
        • Provide satellite connectivity for the MEOV’s
        • Point-to-point satellite extensions
      • The PKU requires:
        • Crew: 1 person
        • Vehicle: F350
      (PKU) – Mobile Satellite vehicle
    • 50. Multi-Radio Van
      • The MRV can provide:
        • Multiple satellite downlinks
        • Line-of-Sight (LOS)
        • HF, VHF, UHF
        • VHF and UHF Repeaters
        • FEMA Intranet
        • PSTN
        • Secure Voice and FAX
      • Typical uses:
        • Provide satellite connectivity for the MEOV’s
        • Point-to-point satellite extensions
      (MRV) – Satellite / Radio vehicle
    • 51. Other Vehicles
      • The LMR can provide:
        • Line-of-Sight (LOS)
        • HF, VHF, UHF
        • VHF and UHF Repeaters
        • BGAN / INMARSAT
      • Typical uses:
        • Provide VHF/UHF repeater coverage
        • Radio Interoperability
      • This vehicle is on display outside
      (LMR) – Land Mobile Radio trailer
    • 52. Other Vehicles
      • HVAC Truck
        • HVAC distribution through temporary ducts.
        • 16,000 sq. ft.
      • Potable Water Tanker
        • 6,200 gallons
    • 53. Other Vehicles
      • Diesel Fuel Tanker
        • 2400 gallons
      • Diesel Fuel Tanker
        • 3500 gallons
    • 54. Other Vehicles
      • Mobile Generator
        • 100 KW
      • Mobile Generator
        • 400 KW
    • 55. Other Vehicles
      • Communications Cargo Truck
        • “ Rolling Radio Shack ”
      • Equipment Cargo Trucks
    • 56. You call – we’ll be there By Air By Sea By Land
    • 57. Questions?
      • To request an electronic copy of this slide presentation please contact me at:
      • John D. MacLean III
      • FEMA Region III
      • Disaster Emergency Communications Coordinator
      • 215-931-5592 or [email_address]
    • 58.