On February 16, 2016, the Board of Managers approved the creation of the Gulf Coast Regional 9-1-1 Emergency Communications District (GCRECD) by adoption of resolutions by the counties and municipalities of Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Liberty, Matagorda, Walker, Waller, and Wharton pursuant by Chapter 772, Subchapter H, of the Texas Health and Safety Code to form a Regional 9-1-1 Emergency Communications District.
The Gulf Coast Regional 9-1-1 Emergency Communications District (District) is created to promote enhanced public safety and increased fiscal and service efficiencies in the administration of emergency communications for the municipalities and counties of Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Liberty, Matagorda, Walker, Waller, and Wharton. District is governed by Board of Managers representing the eight participating counties in the program region.
Since the early 90s the Houston-Galveston Area Council managed a 9-1-1 Program as part of the State system under the Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC). The program was funded by fees collected by the State Comptroller and passed through CSEC. CSEC distributed a portion of the funds back to H-GAC at the direction of the State Legislature.
On May 22, 2015, Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 1108 into law which gave the H-GAC permissive authority under Chapter 772, Subchapter H, of the Texas Health and Safety Code, to form a Regional 9-1-1 District for Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Liberty, Matagorda, Walker, Waller and Wharton counties. The H-GAC Board of Directors appointed a committee to evaluate the potential impacts and opportunities associated with forming a 9-1-1 District under the new legislation. The study committee, consisting of elected officials from the eight affected counties, recommended that the H-GAC Board of Directors create a 9-1-1 District, and the Board unanimously approved moving forward.
The GCRECD represents the cooperative efforts of eight counties, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Liberty, Matagorda, Walker, Waller and Wharton, 23 public safety answering points (PSAPS), 224 emergency service providers, and numerous telephone companies. The GCRECD staff help coordinate and support the activities of these entities by: