An enhanced 911 system goes online this week in three counties in northeast Nebraska.
The new system will give dispatchers in Cedar, Knox and Dixon counties the ability to pinpoint cellular calls, something they couldn’t do before.
Kevin Garvin, the Cedar County emergency manager, says there’s also a built-in fail-safe in case of an outage.
“If we need a back-up, we’ll go to either Dixon or Knox County, whoever’s unaffected, and if Knox County would go down, they can send their calls here and the same with Dixon,” Garvin says. “We’re all three going to be interoperable so one can back the others up seamlessly.”
He says Cedar County spent about $120,000 on the upgrade. The E-911 service is paid for by a surcharge on all land lines and cell phones.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton