In alignment with the United States Department of Homeland Security's National Emergency Communications Plan[1], the LDH Crisis and Emergency Risk Communications Plan provides guidance on formal decision-making structures and defining leadership roles for coordinating emergency communications capabilities; collaborating with other Divisions and Departments within State and local government structure; driving strategic planning opportunities within communications, and; integrating preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery capabilities in all phases of communications.  This document also adheres to the directive that models should be implemented for specified events and all-hazards response, wherein agencies should develop, coordinate, and share best practices and procedures that encompass both operational and technical components.  Command and control protocols should be NIMS-compliant and incorporate the ICS as an operational guide.[2]

[1] United States Department of Homeland Security, Office of Emergency Communications. National Emergency Communications Plan. July 2008.  (

[2] Ibid, page 22.