Rural 911 communications

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Montgomery City - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Saturday that it will now provide funding to rural communities across the U.S. to help improve 911 and emergency communications services. These improvements will help allow rural communities obtain next generation 911 services nesessary to maintain public safety. Several counties across Missouri will be able to benefit from the new program.

According to the USDA, rural counties can improve their communications in several different ways. This includes the ability to precisely locate rural wireless 911 calls, contact 911 via text message, or send emergency responders photos or videos of crime scenes or accidents. The new regulation would also give Rural Utility Service the ability to finance wireless upgrades for public safety and security.

In Montgomery County, 911 dispatchers are not able to track location or phone number through wireless emergency calls.

The program will be funded by the USDA Rural Development through the Rural Utilities Service.