NEBRASKA'S PROPOSED 911 PLAN WOULD ENABLE EMERGENCY REPORTING VIA TEXT, PHOTO OR VIDEO

With a next generation 911 system people would be able to send pictures, video, or text to an emergency dispatcher who in turn could send it to a police officer. State 911 Director, David Sankey, update senators about the plan to implement such a system in 2019. The system will cost $6.5 million and will be paid for using an existing monthly surcharge on wireless phones. The system would also be beneficial at times when users can’t speak or don’t know their address because it’s linked to GIS (Geographic Information System) that allows the dispatcher to pinpoint the caller’s location.