Assemblywomen Sandy Galef (90 A.D.) announced today that Putnam County has been awarded $126,180 by the New York State 911 Board. This allocation of funding will be used for upgrading enhanced wireless 911 (E-911) systems through the 911 Expedited Deployment Program, a program that Assemblywoman Galef and many other legislators had been fighting for.
Under this program, grants are provided to local public safety answering points (PSAPs), sites operated by the local government for the purpose of receiving wireless 911 calls. 911 calls made from wireless sources, such as cell phones, are difficult to trace, and have formed a very serious problem, especially since almost half of all 911 calls are made from wireless phones. Upgrading the technology will allow public safety and medical responders to pinpoint and locate people in times of danger.
"The consequences of the inability to locate people in times of emergency are great and tragic," said Assemblywoman Galef. "We can take a step toward eliminating this problem by enhancing the wireless 911 systems that would make it easier to trace wireless calls. The funding for Putnam will assist people in emergency situations in the county."
The 911 Expedited Deployment Program was included in the 2004-2005 State Budget enacted by the Legislature.