This website provides members of the emergency response community and other constituents with information and resources to help them meet their communications and interoperability needs. It offers comprehensive information on topics relevant to emergency response communications and features best practices that have evolved from real-world situations.
OEC was created by Congress in response to the communications challenges witnessed during Hurricane Katrina. Established through the Fiscal Year 2007 Appropriations Act, the Office was stood up on April 1, 2007. Former Commonwealth of Virginia Interoperability Coordinator Chris Essid was appointed as OEC's first Director—a position he maintains today.
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials - Alabama is a state chapter of APCO - International which is the world's oldest and largest non-profit professional organization dedicated to the enhancement of public safety communications.
APCO International is the world's largest organization of public safety communications professionals. It serves the needs of public safety communications practitioners worldwide - and the welfare of the general public as a whole - by providing complete expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach.