Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
At least two different systems and platforms are used in every RCD. SPPR will establish a baseline based on performance data collected in initial fiscal years, which will be used to set targets and goals for subsequent years.
Having redundant communications systems improves the likelihood that HCCs are able to coordinate response activities during an emergency. HCCs should test their redundant communications systems using the drill prescribed in the FOA (testing at least one primary and one backup communication system) and take corrective action when systems fail. However, communications systems—even when functional—have limited value if they are not used by HCC members. This measure will provide insight into the communications process—determining both (a) if communication is occurring between the HCC and its members, and (b) which platforms are most widely used during an RCD (see PM12). RCDs test the true communications capability and limitations of HCCs before real events. For example, if the internet is down, all forms of communication tied to it are down, so HCCs will need a tested and operational back up communications system or platform.
During the specified time period for end-of-year reporting, recipients should enter this information on behalf of each HCC into the end-of-year performance measure module in PERFORMS. Data will be collected for a maximum of one drill each six months. If no drill is conducted, a checkbox will be provided to indicate this in PERFORMS. In this case, all performance measure reporting for the redundant communications drill will be omitted, as it will not be applicable. SPPR will calculate percentages.
(Select primary system)
# __________ (organizations)
6 “Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS).” Department of Homeland Security.
https://www.dhs.gov/government-emergency-telecommunications-service-gets. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.
7 “Land Mobile Radio (LMR) 101.” Department of Homeland Security.
https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/LMR%20101_508FINAL_0_0.pdf. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.
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