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NE awarded almost $2 million to improve emergency services

Posted: 1:58 PM, Aug 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-13 14:58:53-04
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — When you need help in an emergency situation, seconds matter. Thanks in part to an almost $2 million grant, Nebraska's 911 services will be undergoing improvements to help callers and first responders.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation along with the U.S. Department of Commerce, of $1,990,409, will help Nebraska upgrade 911 services to provide even more information in critical times.

“This grant will play an important role as we work with our Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) to deploy NG911 services in Nebraska,” said PSC Chair Mary Ridder. "These monies will be used to improve caller location accuracy, as well as give our 911 centers the ability to receive digital information to include, text, pictures and video in an NG911 environment.”

Nebraska has been working out the upgrades for the last few years.

See also: First draft of Next Gen 911 transition

See also: Next Generation 911: How do we pay for it?

The state will have until March 31,2022 to use the grant money.