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Enhanced 911 Program
The Washington State Enhanced 911 (E911) Program is the result of a 1991 voter referendum directing enhanced 911 emergency communications systems to be available statewide by Dec. 31, 1998. The
referendum provided for a state E911 coordination office. The office facilitates local planning and installation of such systems.
Funding provisions are included in the referendum for county and state excise taxes to support implementation of E911 plans and systems. The state used state 911 excise taxes to help fund those counties
that could not implement E911 with excise taxes collected by their own county.
The E911 Unit of the Emergency Management Division works with counties and communications' companies to ensure the E911 system is operational and available to all in the State of Washington.
- The 10 most important things to know with the new Text-to-911 service
- E911 Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (2018)
- Enhanced 911 Training
- 911 Outage Worksheet (PDF)
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