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Faster Help is Better Help

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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.

National Emergency Communications Plan Released

​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. 

Click here to view the updated National Emergency Communications Plan.

Interoperable Public Safety Communications

​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.

The board's priorities are to:
  • Ensure advances in technology will be implemented to enhance the ability for all residents to call for help.
  • Provide confidence that responders in every corner of the state have the ability to communicate with each other during an emergency.
  • Enable all counties to effectively alert and warn residents and visitors of impending danger.