April 22, 2023
Attached is the FY 2023 SAFECOM Guidance on Emergency Communications Grants (SAFECOM Guidance), which has been posted to the SAFECOM website at: cisa.gov/safecom/funding. The SAFECOM Guidance is updated annually to provide relevant information on policies, eligible costs, technical standards, and best practices for state, local, tribal, and territorial grant recipients investing federal funds in emergency communications projects. While only certain agencies require compliance with the SAFECOM Guidance, all entities are highly encouraged to follow the recommendations within this document to ensure interoperable, resilient, and fully effective communications.
In its 17th edition, the SAFECOM Guidance continues to evolve to meet the needs of the public safety community. This year's guidance reflects the Administration's focus on cybersecurity and preparedness, as well as new information on technical standards and resources to assist agencies in developing emergency communications projects.
The development of this document would not have been possible without the input, ideas, and expertise of our partners at SAFECOM and the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators. We thank them for their contributions to ensure that emergency communications policies are consistent across the federal government.