In 1967, the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice recommended that a single number be established for reporting emergencies. In 1968, the telephone industry agreed on the digits 9-1-1 as the universal emergency number.
The Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC) was created by the 70th Texas Legislature in 1987 to implement and administer 9-1-1 services throughout the state. At that time, certain 9-1-1 emergency communications districts (ECD) and 9-1-1 ECD Municipalities were providing 9-1-1 service within their boundaries. In order to provide 9-1-1 service to all citizens of Texas, the CSEC implemented service to the remainder of the state with a program administered through the twenty-four Regional Planning Commissions (RPC). Areas not being provided 9-1-1 service at that time were provided 9-1-1 service through their applicable RPC.
To contact the 9-1-1 authority for a particular city or county in Texas, please refer to the map, locate the city or county in question, and determine the entity responsible for administering 9-1-1 service to the area. Contact the RPC, see Contacts on this sites menu, in which that entity is located for information on all 9-1-1 jurisdictions in that geographic area of Texas.