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Minnesota is in the midst of implementing Text-to-911 service statewide in 2017. While people are still encouraged to call when they can, they can soon text to 911, if:
Recently, 911 professionals from across the nation gathered in Washington to address concerns that the service would overwhelm 911 dispatch centers. In a panel discussion, PSAP (public safety answering point) officials from Arkansas, Indiana and South Carolina agreed that the impact to workflow has been minimal. FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn, said that "some jurisdictions are worried that text-to-911 will add cost or be a strain for PSAP personnel. But there is good news to report: Virtually all of the PSAPs that have implemented text-to-911 thus far report that they have been able to make the transition smoothly without disrupting operations."
Read the entire article, reprinted with permission by TRDaily or access it online.
Mark your calendars for the 8th annual Minnesota Public Safety Communications Conference scheduled for May 1 - 3, 2017. We will again convene at the St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center for three days of learning and networking. Registration is expected to open on March 20th.
More information is available at the registration website.