NASNA's sole focus is to facilitate the success of 911 programming at the State, U.S. Territory, and District level. We achieve this through networking with our members, providing learning opportunities, and productive partnerships at both the Federal level and within the private sector.
NASNA began in 1989 when state 911 program administrators began to meet informally to exchange information on common 911 issues. After its incorporation in 1994, NASNA took on two major policy issues: wireless E911 location and multi-line telephone systems. NASNA was a signatory to the historic 1996 consensus agreement on wireless location along with the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA), the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO). That agreement helped the Federal Communications Commission establish requirements for wireless location accuracy that endured for nearly two decades until they were updated in 2015.
Since then, NASNA has grown and gained the attention and respect of federal lawmakers, governors, federal agencies, corporations and the military. NASNA serves as the source of information, support, and expertise for industry associations, public policymakers, the private sector, and 911 professionals at all levels of government as they address complex issues surrounding the evolution of emergency communications. NASNA serves as a vital resource for the continuous improvement of 911 services nationwide through strategic partnerships and collaborative policy positions.
NASNA focuses on three areas:
Developing strategic partnerships with key organizations and individuals who share our interests
Serving as an information sharing and support network for state 911 program administrators
Strengthening relationships with federal lawmakers and agencies
State 911 program administrators are the core membership of NASNA. Each state 911 program is unique - and that uniqueness enriches and adds value to membership in NASNA and to any who seek perspective on how states provide 911 to their citizens.
All states and U.S. Territories are welcome to become a member of NASNA.
Membership benefits include:
Opportunity to receive support and information from your peers at any time via a private Listserve
Access to resources in the members-only section of the Website
A quarterly newsletter covering state news, Federal regulatory news, status of Federal legislation, and more
Two yearly face-to-face meetings that provide opportunity to engage with other state 911 administrators, collaborate with our Federal partners, stay up-to-date on important state and national issues, and get information that can help you with your day job
And much more
We Invite you to contact NASNA's Executive Director for more information.
Membership Types and Dues
NASNA has two membership categories: Active Member and Designee Member.
The Active Member is an individual whose job is to address statewide 911 issues. The Active Member normally would be employed by the state or U.S. Territory, or by a non-profit organization representing the localities within a state. The state 911 office and the state 911 administrator position normally would be established as a result of legislation or Governor appointment and would be publicly funded.
However, a state or U.S. Territory may still be a member of NASNA even if it does not have an "official" 911 program as described. Under such circumstances, it would be helpful if membership in NASNA were requested by a state or Territory government agency, a statewide non-profit (such as an Association of County 911 Administrators), or the state chapter of a national 911 trade organization (such as APCO or NENA). There may be only one Active Member per state.
The Designee Member is any non-industry individual whose responsibility is to address 911 issues. Typically, the Designee Member is on the Active Member's Staff or board. The Active Member may request up to two Designee Members.
Dues are $500.00 a year, and that single rate covers both the Active Member and his/her Designee Member(s). NASNA's Fiscal year runs from 1 July to 30 June. Invoices are issued in late spring for the upcoming fiscal year and should be paid, ideally, by 1 August. Dues not paid by the end of the calendar year may result in the loss of member benefits
A copy of NASNA's Bylaws may be found here.