The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce NTIA created to provide emergency responders with the first nationwide, high-speed, broadband data network dedicated to public safety. The FirstNet effort in Washington is known as Washington OneNet.
Beginning in 2015, the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region's Center for Regional Disaster Resilience and the Washington State University Division of Governmental Studies and Services as well as other partners held 17 meetings across Washington to provide a brief overview of FirstNet and Washington OneNet to gather input from first responders, emergency managers, and other stakeholders. The sessions included tabletop scenario discussion and activities to gather data (surveys and coverage maps) as well as discussion to identify next steps.
For more information on Washington OneNet, visit ocio.wa.gov/washington-onenet.
View an overview presentation of Washington OneNet here.
In 2013, PNWER/CRDR partnered with Pierce County, Washington, to develop an informational booklet on how social media could be used for emergency management. This guide was produced as part of the Puget Sound FirstToSee Social Media Situational Awareness Project.
View the Social Media Guide Here.
*Please note that this guide was developed in 2013, and some of the information contained within may no longer be applicable.
Washington State Fusion Center and the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region: Building a Critical Infrastructure/Key Resource Information Sharing Capability
Incorporating Critical Infrastructure into the Fusion System
Beginning in 2007, the Washington State Fusion Center (WSFC) partnered with PNWER to engage key stakeholders in a process to incorporate critical infrastructure and key resources (CI/KR) organizations and other essential service providers to an expanded fusion system that enables cross-sector, two-way sharing of information, situational awareness, and analysis. The Seattle UASI Region--consisting of King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties--was chosen as the pilot area for this initiative to utilize the stakeholder relationships already developed through the Puget Sound Partnership for Regional Infrastructure Security. After development and testing by stakeholders, the CI/KR component was to expand to enable cross-sector information-sharing throughout the rest of the state.
Read the full overview here: Washington State Fusion Center and the Pacific Northwest Economic Region: Building a Critical Infrastructure/ Key Resource Information Sharing Capability