|
|
|
 
Newsroom
News Releases
News Releases
Subscribe
   
Recognitions
2017 Telecommunicator Nominees
2017 Silent Heroes
GHC 9-1-1 Board of Managers Recognized Dianna Porché
Happy Retirement Lupe Garcia
GHC 9-1-1 Board of Managers Recognized Andrea Prothow
Harris County Sheriff’s Office Communications Officers Recognized
Recognition of Barbara Evans, 9-1-1 Coordinator for Houston Emergency Center
Recognition of Sgt. John Byrd, Harris County Sheriff’s Office
TERT Activation Story - Steven Jones
Recognition of Lisa Dodson
Recognition of Cyndi Sauter
2012 TC Nominees
GHC Recognizes
Deanna Tennyson
of the Houston Emergency Center
GHC Recognizes Board Member Robert Perkins
Greater Harris County
9-1-1 Emergency Network Receives national Honor for 9-1-1 Program
2011 Telecommunicator of the Year Honorees
2011 Silent Heroes
Group Photos from Board of Managers Meeting on April 27, 2011
2010 Telecommunicator of the Year Honorees
9-1-1 Heroes
   
Recent Happenings
Owners of Multiline Phone Systems Required to Configure
Phones to Provide Direct Access to 9-1-1
2015 Texas NENA 9-1-1 Kid Hero
Friendswood Kid Hero
Missouri City Kid Hero
ENS News Conference
2012 TC Nominees
Beijing Delegation and Houston Green Tour
   
Media Coverage
Know How to Call 9-1-1: KTRK News Story
Accidental 9-1-1 calls causing problems for La Porte police department ...
Kingwood News - April is National 911 Education Month. Greater Harris County 911 Emergency Network (GHC 9-1-1) announces that throughout the month of April, ...
Cypresstimes - HOUSTON TX April is National 911 Education MonthGreater Harris County 911 Emergency NetworkGHC 911 announces that throughout the month of April movie goers ...
Don't worry if you hear beeps, it's only a test By Zain Shauk HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Concerns Mount Over Texting, News Story on KPRC
E911 Honor Awards, News Story on KTRK
Harris County area boy recognized for calling 9-1-1 By Matt Woolbright HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Help Us Help You: News story on AM 740 KTRH NEWS Radio
Callers have 'Hang-Ups' with 911 and that coud be costing LIVES! by Ron Trevino/11News KHOU
   


Owners of Multiline Phone Systems
Required to Configure Phones to
Provide Direct Access to 9-1-1

News Release

Businesses with a multiline phone system Texas will soon be required to provide direct access to 9-1-1 service without having to dial an additional digit or code first.
 
GHC 9-1-1 is proud to have played an active role in working with Texas Legislature to see this law become a reality.
 
"We teach our children to dial three simple numbers in an emergency and that is all that they should have to remember," said Russell Rau, Chairman of GHC 9-1-1 Board of Managers.
 
Senate Bill 788, also known as Kari's Law and was signed by Governor Greg Abbott on Friday, May 15, 2015 signifies an important day for the 9-1-1 industry and Texas citizens: requiring direct dial 9-1-1 without the need for dialing an extra number or code to access an outside line. The new law takes effect immediately, however, businesses have until September 1, 2016 to update their phone systems or file for a waiver as required by the new law.
This law is the result of an incident in late 2013 in Marshall, Texas when a nine-year old girl tried to call 9-1-1 from a hotel room because her mother, Kari Hunt, was being attacked by her estranged husband. Tragically, she was unable to reach the 9-1-1 call center because she did not know to dial '9' first to get an outside line and her mother died. Since his daughter's death, Hank Hunt and his family have made it their mission to educate the public and elected officials across the country about the need to change phone systems at hotels and other businesses.
   
Realizing that this situation could have happened anywhere, the GHC 9-1-1 Board of Managers took interest in Mr. Hunt's mission and joined him to work closely with stakeholders to craft legislation and to educate Texas legislators about this tragedy and urged passage of the bill.
   
There are now four governmental bodies that require direct dial 9-1-1. The very first time Kari's Law was enacted was in Suffolk Co., New York. Texas is now the third state to pass Kari's Law. The states of Illinois and Maryland have also passed legislations to enact Kari's Law.
   
   
   
   
 

What's New
Follow us on Facebook
  Texas Public Safety Conference
Quick Links
Board Agendas
Request 9-1-1 Public Education Materials
Telecommunicator Training
Newsroom
Subscribe
Communication Needs
Coverage Areas - Cities and Counties
Job Openings
Kari's Law
Texas NENA
Texas APCO
Cell Phone Sally
Kids - Cell Phone Sally
Trailer from New DVD
Follow her on facebook
 
  Industry Association Links
    NENA – National Emergency Number Association
    Texas NENA
    APCO International – International Association of Public Safety Communications Officers
    Texas APCO
  Governmental Agency Links
    Commission on State Emergency Communications
    Poison Control
    E9-1-1 Institute
  Harris County Office of
Homeland Security & Emergency Management
   
Copyright © 2010 - 2015 Greater Harris County Emergency Network (GHC 9-1-1)

Website Design and Technology Services by Virtual ArchiTechs