Gulf Coast Regional 9-1-1 Emergency Communications District (GCRECD)
The Gulf Coast Regional 9-1-1 Emergency Communications District (GCRECD) was created pursuant to Chapter 772, Health and Safety Code, Subchapter H on February 16, 2016 by adoption of resolutions by the counties and municipalities of Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Liberty, Matagorda, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties. The GCRECD is a regional emergency communications district serving local governments in State Planning Region 16 and with boundaries coterminous with the Houston-Galveston Area Council as created under Chapter 391 of the Local Government Code.
Text if You Can’t
Text to 9-1-1 service is now available in the Gulf Coast 9-1-1 eight county region. All four major cell phone companies, AT&T, Sprint,T-Mobile and Verizon, offer this service to their wireless customers.
Text to 911 should only be used in an emergency and in circumstances when you cannot safely call 9-1-1.
Scenarios when it would be best to call 9-1-1
- To report a crime in progress.
- To report a fire.
- To save a life.
- Anytime an emergency response is required by law enforcement, fire or emergency medical personnel.
When NOT to call or text 9-1-1
- When there is no emergency.
- If an animal is hurt or lost (Call your city or county animal services instead).
- As a joke or prank.
- To report that electricity or other utilities are off.
- To report traffic jams.
- To ask about government services or general information.