Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Laurene Anderson, the 911 Coordinator for Charlotte County and four others to the E911 Board.
Anderson served as Communications Supervisor and Training Coordinator for the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. Anderson earned her bachelor’s degree in public safety management from Edison State College and master’s degree in curriculum and instruction education technology from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Florida 911

Here is a brief timeline of 911 efforts:

Since 1973, the State of Florida, in conjunction with local counties, has been funding technological advancements in statewide emergency number 911 systems to serve citizens and visitors in emergency situations. Basic service was established statewide in 1997.

In 2005, 911 service was improved in all 67 counties with the implementation of wireline enhanced 911, “E911,” services to obtain the 911 caller’s telephone number and address.

In 2007, the Wireless 911 Board transitioned to the E911 Board for Enhanced 911 Services. Enhancements for Wireless E911 Phase I service provides the call back number and the location of the cell site, and Phase II provides the location information for the cellular caller. This level of service was completed in March 31, 2008.

Counties are currently working on technical, funding, and deployment issues in an effort to provide statewide text-to-911 services.