California to offer state grants for enhanced 911 service upgrades after reverse calling best practice during wildfires
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January 9 '08: Government Technology reported in California that the state's 911 enhanced calling systems will get additional funding around $2 million so that local communities can upgrade their systems. E911 systems as they are sometimes called, were used during the California wildfires after the San Diego City government decided to use the reverse-calling system.
The California Governor's Offices' of Homeland Security (OHS) and Emergency Services (OES) Directors Matt Bettenhausen and Henry Renteria told GovTech respectively, "We always are working on assessing the needs and finding grant solutions to satisfy those needs," and, "Coorindation among local, state and federal agencies in issuing alerts and warnings is as critical as it is in coordinating fire, law enforcement and other resources."About 13 counties that currently do not have upgraded calling systems will be eligible for the new state funding. With the additional funds, the thirteen counties "may purchase and install telephone emergency notification systems as well as pay for the first two years of maintenance of the systems," GovTech reported.
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