Brazos County Emergency
Communications District
Brazos County Emergency
Communications District
P.O. Box 911
Bryan, TX  77806
979.779.0911
Fax 979.821.3407
Kari's Law...
Senate Bill 788, also known as Kari's Law, was signed by Governor Greg Abbott on Friday, May 15, 2015.  Kari's Law requires direct access to 9-1-1 service from a telephone system that provides outbound dialing without having to first dial a prefix or other access number or code. The law also requires all capable MLTS to be programmed to send notification of a 9-1-1 call to a central location on the premises of the site from which a 9-1-1 call is placed. Under Kari's Law, if an MLTS system cannot meet these requirements without substantial cost, a 1-year waiver of these requirements may be granted. If a waiver is granted, an instructional sticker must be placed adjacent to all noncompliant, outbound capable telephones stating that the phone is unable to directly access 9-1-1 without first requiring a prefix.  Businesses have until September 1, 2016, to update their phone systems or file for a waiver as required by the new law.  Information on how to obtain a waiver will be made available in the coming months.  It is important to understand your MLTS phone and how it works so that you can plan for emergency situations.
-  Work with your MLTS vendor to provide direct access to 9-1-1
-  Work with your local 9-1-1 system to test access to 9-1-1
Scheduling a test call will ensure that emergency calls are going to the correct 9-1-1 agency and the call-back number as well as the location of the 9-1-1 call is correctly displayed for the 9-1-1 call-taker.



The Responsibility is Yours

It is the responsibility of MLTS Managers/Operators to update and maintain your MLTS or PBX system so that 9-1-1 calls go through efficiently and accurately. Help us help you by keeping your system up-to-date and prepared for emergencies.  Senate Bill 788 allows waivers to be granted in certain situations when a system is not technically capable of compliance, or when compliance would be cost prohibitive.

A waiver can be obtained by following the link below.

Prior to testing your phone system, please contact your local emergency dispatch center to set up a time to make the test call.  If your test call is originating in Bryan or Brazos County, please call (979) 361-3888.  In College Station, please call (979) 764-3600.
What you need to know about 9-1-1 and your MLTS
The full text of Senate Bill 788 can be found here.
Apply for a Kari's Law Waiver
9-1-1 IS FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY     -     CALL IF YOU CAN, TEXT IF YOU CAN'T