Seven N.C. Counties, One Local 911 Center to Receive Grants for 911 Technology Upgrades and Projects

RALEIGH

The North Carolina 911 Board announces that it has approved a total of $9.9 million in grants from the state’s 911 Fund for seven counties and one municipality and $2.14 million for statewide projects. The grants will support enhancements to 911 centers and emergency management equipment, such as radio and dispatch upgrades and new 911 centers (public service answering points, or PSAPs). 

“Our board is excited to have the opportunity to improve the state’s 911 technology and support these projects across North Carolina,” said L. V. Pokey Harris, executive director of the North Carolina 911 Board. “The resources provided through this grant program are essential to our localities and necessary to help our state’s residents and visitors receive the best possible 911 service delivery.”

The grant recipients include:

  • Bladen County, 911 technology/equipment upgrades, $334,937.99
  • Clay County, new 911 facility project, $2,500,000
  • City of Lumberton, radio project, $99,241.52
  • Perquimans County, radio system upgrade/center expansion project, $697,525.24
  • Sampson County, regional 911 center project, $5,571,543
  • Surry County, radio replacement project, $238,127
  • Union County, communications 911 technology project, $484,021
  • Wilson County, radio tower generator replacement, $35,900

 The statewide projects include: 

  • Management Information System, $1,458,380
  • Interpretive Services, $260,000
  • CRM Financial Module Project & Licensing, $425,000

The N.C. General Assembly created the 911 Board in 1998, and it now manages both landline and wireless 911 services in North Carolina, as well as related policies and procedures, and administers the state’s 911 Fund. The fund is used to support equipment purchases for all 911 centers in the state. The board is housed with the N.C. Department of Information Technology.