The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. — Neshoba County will spend $213,227 on digital technology systems for its new emergency operations center.
Emergency Management Director Jeff Mayo tells The Neshoba Democrat (http://bit.ly/1ckh7im ) that the equipment will enable people to text to 911 when the service becomes available from carriers.
The $1.6 million EOC is nearing completion. It partially funded with a $976,800 grant from the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security.
The county received a $233,267 federal grant to harden the exterior wall, roof, windows and doors. The grants require a 25 percent match by the county.
The construction phase of the EOC is expected to be completed by Feb. 1. The EOC is now located in the county jail.
Mayo said the Next Generation-911 System is an enhanced and more modern system than what is being used now.
He said the county also bought the Orion Aries CAD System which is an updated dispatch software than what is currently in use.
Mayo said when the EOC facility is operational it will receive and dispatch 911 calls not only from Neshoba County, but also for Kemper County. Discussions are also ongoing about adding the city of Philadelphia.
"We are currently working on getting set up with the 911 dispatch," Philadelphia Mayor James Young said. "We are waiting to see what the new chief wants and how he wants it done."
Neshoba County supervisors signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this year to provide the services to Kemper County, including its sheriff and police departments, volunteer fire protection districts and ambulance services, among others.
In return, Kemper will pay Neshoba County $60,000 for the first year of operation. That annual charge will increase 5 percent for each year thereafter.