During an emergency, it’s hard to think straight. When you call or text for help, the 911 dispatcher will want to know where you are, but unless you happen to be at home, your hurt and frightened brain may not be able to pull that information out of thin air.Enter the Next Generation 911 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) project. Its goal is to improve location accuracy for 911 dispatchers, allowing first responders to get to the scene more quickly in Minnesota.Learn about the steps it will take to get there in our latest DPS blog.
The U.S Department of Homeland Security has just released an updated National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP).The strategic plan outlines the priorities to strengthen and enhance interoperable emergency communications capabilities across the nation. The plan also addresses current gaps, highlights emerging technologies and provides guidance to states to invest and maintain emergency communications.The National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC), SAFECOM and others were instrumental in the update.Minnesota’s Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, Jim Stromberg, and others from ECN were engage in the process and provided input.
The Statewide Emergency Communications Board provides leadership to set the vision, priorities and technical roadmap for interoperable communications and alert and warnings across the state.