CCT.PSD

The Public Safety Division carries out the essential and honorable function of educating and protecting the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation.

Communications

Includes restoration/repair of telecommunications infrastructure, including information technology resources; and emergency alternative communications such as amateur radio (“ham operator”) groups.

This does not include emergency dissemination of information such as evacuation orders under ESF-6, Mass Care, and EFS 15, External Affairs.

Resources:

Amateur radio services (“ham operators”)
BIA Fire Dispatch (Mt. Tolman)
CCT Information Technology
CCT Corrections (satellite internet access)
CCT Police Dispatch and mobile command center
FEMA
National Interagency Fire Center, Boise (radio kits, portable repeaters, etc.)
Telephone providers (AT&T, Verizon, and Centurylink)

Discussion:

This ESF is commonly invoked as part of the immediate response to a major disaster, such as a hurricane that destroyed radio repeater sites over a wide area. Radio technicians and portable repeaters, often dispatched through the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, are a common wildland fire resource used during disasters. It will likely require BIA, DOI, or FEMA in tervention to obtain NIFC radio support.

The CCT has limited broadband capability provided through a relatively fragile network of buried and above-ground communications lines. An ice storm, significant flooding, or large wildland fire could destroy the communications infrastructure upon which the CCT government and economy depend. Emergency repairs to this network could be critical to the continued operation of the CCT, and may be beyond the immediate capability of the CCT to arrange when it is faced with other urgent disaster relief issues.

In the face of widespread destruction of communications infrastructure, temporary satellite-based internet access should be sought. This can include Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) telephones, to allow restoration of communications for the CCT government to function and carry out disaster recovery operations.

The CCT has extremely limited capacity to assist other jurisdictions with emergency communications, and that capacity is limited to radio repeater maintenance and repairs