National 9-1-1 Program Office Announces National 911 Profile Database Open for 2013 Data Collection
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Posted by: Chris Nussman
Nationwide collection of
statistics about 911 systems is key to ensuring the development of optimal 911
services and the implementation of Next Generation 911 (NG911). With a more
complete picture of 911 services nationwide, States will have access to
important data to help educate local legislators, make system modifications and
demonstrate the value of 911 to local governments, first responders and the
The National 911 Program has announced the
National 911 Profile Database is open and accepting 911 system data for 2013.
In cooperation with the National Association of State 911 Administrators
(NASNA), the Program encourages states to voluntarily share information about a
number of data points, including the number of 911 calls received, 911 fees and
progress toward implementing NG911. The data collection process is underway
through mid-September and a data analysis report will be available by the end
of the calendar year.
"Nearly three-quarters of the
nation’s state administrators are working to collect and
share state data through the 911 Profile Database,” said Laurie Flaherty, National
911 Program Coordinator. "Real data will
provide the 911 community with ammunition to make the case for the needs of 911
systems locally and nationally.
"The last time data was collected,
more than half of the states submitted information and this year we are seeing
even more participation," she continued.
A report aggregating and analyzing
all data submitted by the states –– expected to be available by the end of 2014
–– provides information that can be used to compare activities among States
with similar 911 systems and to modify existing 911 programs based on others’ successful models.
Financial information collected may also help provide a clearer picture
of how much it costs to provide 911 services.
These statistics about 911 systems
can also be used to help 911 administrators answer questions about how one
state compares with others and to demonstrate the value of their state’s program. Access to both the individual state and
national aggregate data may provide information that can be utilized to
generate more support for 911 services from state and local leadership.
Data from the National 911 Profile
Database will also be combined with the National Emergency Number Association’s (NENA) state data on Enhanced 911 deployment and
NG911 planning and transition. This
effort will bring together two of the most accurate 911 system data sources to
help provide the most current view of 911 services nationwide. The combination
report is expected to be available in early 2015.
More information on the National 911 Profile
Database can be found here.