(ATLANTA) – The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency’s Georgia Emergency Communications Authority was awarded a federal grant of $3,994,283 to aid in the transition to Next Generation 911 (NG911) services throughout the state. NG911 will allow for greater caller location accuracy, improved response times by first responders, and allow for data to be shared to 911 centers and first responders. The NG911 grant will fund statewide technology and operations assessments, Geographic Information Systems data readiness analyses, and NG911 training.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to begin planning for the state’s transition to NG911 as well as the training opportunities this grant will provide for 911 directors and telecommunicators across Georgia,” said GECA Executive Director Michael Nix.

The NG911 grant will help move Georgia forward in its efforts to improve 911 service available to its citizens. GECA will work with their board, advisory panel, and other stakeholders to develop statewide strategies for implementing NG911 technology and a NG911 GIS data model.

For more information about the 911 Grant Program, visit 911.gov and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s NG911 website or email GECA at 911authority@gema.ga.gov.

As part of the Office of the Governor, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency collaborates with local, state and federal governments in partnership with private sector and non-governmental organizations to protect life and property against man-made and natural emergencies. GEMA/HS’s Ready Georgia website and preparedness campaign provides Georgians with the knowledge needed to effectively prepare for disasters. Go to gema.georgia.gov for information on developing a custom emergency plan and Ready kit.

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