Homeland Security & Public Safety


COG created and maintains the Regional Incident Communication and Coordination System (RICCS), a 24/7 system that helps officials communicate during emergencies. The system, used daily, has about 1,500 users in more than 50 groups and delivers more than 1,600 messages per year.

COG owns and maintains this system. Its staff oversees its operation, maintains group lists, trains users, organizes regional calls, and serves as a backup host center. COG staff also manages the NCR Ops Center Coordination Group, which uses RICCS and other platforms to unify local, state, and federal operations centers. Additionally, staff supports regional communication by creating specific homeland security content on other web properties.


News & Multimedia

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  • WEATESTINGALERT_Fairfax_County_(002)

    National Capital Region to test wireless emergency alerts system on April 5

    March 28, 2018

    COG is helping coordinate twenty jurisdictions in the region to simultaneously issue a test message to the public through the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)...

  • MPD at Inauguration

    Inauguration weekend security a regional effort

    March 1, 2017

    As thousands of visitors descended on metropolitan Washington for Inauguration weekend, area homeland security and public safety personnel stood ready to...

  • News

    COG, Members Promote National Preparedness Month

    September 9, 2016

    September is National Preparedness Month and COG and its members are encouraging everyone in the region to be prepared for emergencies at home, at work, and...

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