Statewide Interoperability Coordinator
D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
Charlie Guddemi is the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency’s (HSEMA) statewide interoperability coordinator. He is responsible for coordinating interoperability and communications projects involving voice, data and video.
Guddemi also chairs D.C.’s Interoperable Communications Committee and the Cellular Industry/WiFi Provider Working Group. He serves as the secretary for the Statewide Interoperability Executives Council and is a member of the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Region III Regional Emergency Communications Coordinators Working Group and the Federal Communications Commission’s Regional Planning Committee 20 (700-800 MHz). Additionally, he serves as the co-chair on the D.C. Presidential Inauguration Committee Interoperable Communications Committee.
Guddemi joined HSEMA after a 25-year career with the United States Park Police. With the Park Police, he worked in field offices in Washington D.C., New York and San Francisco, and at the National Park Service Northeast Regional Headquarters in Philadelphia. He achieved the rank of deputy chief serving as the commander of the Services Division.
In his career, Guddemi has worked seven presidential inaugurations, including serving as the principal planner and the National Special Security Event Executive Steering Committee member for the U.S. Park Police for the 2013 inauguration. He was also responsible for overseeing the safe dedications of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial and the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial.
Guddemi holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and is a graduate of the 237th session of the FBI National Academy.
State and Local Keynote: Ensuring Operational Success – Keeping Up With the Demand for Interoperable Emergency Communications
Physical security and cybersecurity professionals often seek to provide a multilayered approach to safeguarding their companies, organizations, personnel, facilities, systems and reputations. Solutions are often complex and multi layered. This same model, combined with a sense of urgency, is required to support interoperable emergency communications.
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, “Interoperability” is the ability of emergency response agencies to talk to one another via communication systems – to exchange voice and/or data with one another on demand, in real time, when needed and as authorized; however, a significant number of after action reports from various major incidents or events identify multiple instances where communications (voice, data, video) has completely failed, strained response operations or caused a significant breakdown in processes.
Understanding the whole emergency communications ecosystem is an essential first step to any daily activity (organizational mission), special event, first amendment activity, national special security event, DHS Special Event Assessment Rating rated events or natural/manmade disasters. Providing uninterrupted communications – operable, interoperable and continuity of communications, combined with a well thought out P.A.C.E. (primary, alternate, contingency and emergency) plan, is crucial to ensuring operational success.