Geographic address points are a vital tool to conduct state business, such as emergency management, flood planning, permitting, and development. The statewide address point aggregation initiative will save time for state agencies that currently acquire this data to conduct business. Relationships throughout the state with local creators of address point data will allow TNRIS to collect and share this dataset publicly.
This first statewide address point dataset was compiled in 2017 by The University of Texas Center for Water and the Environment to assist the Texas Division of Emergency Management with flooding events.
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Texas State Agencies make extensive use of Address Point data for all types of operations and applications.
General Land Office (GLO)
Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM)
Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT)
Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)
Texas Water Development Board (TWDB)
Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC)
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)
Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC)
Department of Public Safety (DPS)
The authoritative data source for these address points are the 9-1-1 coordinators across Texas. This includes a combination of city, county, and regional sources that vary by community. TNRIS created partnerships with these entities and their authorized aggregators to compile and share this statewide address point dataset available to the public for FREE. Authorized aggregators include the Commission on State Emergency Communications and the Texas 9-1-1 Alliance or their respective third party vendors. TNRIS does not edit these data.
These address points were created for 9-1-1 call routing purposes; however, they are now available for public use. The Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) system will rely heavily on the accuracy of geospatial data, including address points. As a result, these data are continually scrubbed and analyzed for use within the NG911 system by the authoritative data sources and their vendors. Over time, these data may change based on GIS standards established by the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) or for other reasons. TNRIS does not edit these data.
The 2016 Geographic Information Office Report identified a need for statewide address points. These data are required for non-9-1-1 purposes to conduct state business including the following agencies: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Animal Health Commission, Texas General Land Office, Texas Water Development Board, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Texas Department of Insurance, and Texas Commission for Environmental Quality.
TNRIS will attempt an annual refresh from authoritative data sources or their authorized aggregator. The refresh rate will vary across the state. Some data may refresh multiple times within one year. The date of the address point dataset is included in the file name as YYYYMM.
Each authoritative data source has their own guideline and policy on the placement of the point data. TNRIS is not able to influence or edit the point placement or attributes. TNRIS does not edit these data.
The Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC) is an agency of the State of Texas and the state’s authority on emergency communications. CSEC is charged with administering the State 9-1-1 Service Program and the Statewide Poison Control Program. The Commission consists of 12 members representing various public and private sector interests. Nine members are appointed by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to represent cities, regional planning commissions, county government, emergency communications districts, and the general public. Three members are ex-officio, non-voting members named in statute.
The Texas 9-1-1 Alliance is an interlocal cooperation entity composed of 26 Texas emergency communication districts with enhanced 9-1-1 service and related public safety responsibility for more than approximately 63 percent of the population of Texas. These emergency communication districts were created pursuant to Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 772 and are defined under Texas Health and Safety Code Section 771.001(3)(B).
The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) serves the public safety community as the only professional organization solely focused on 9-1-1 policy, technology, operations, and education issues. With more than 13,000 members in 48 chapters across North America and around the globe, NENA promotes the implementation and awareness of 9-1-1 and international three-digit emergency communications systems. NENA works with public policy leaders; emergency services and telecommunications industry partners; like-minded public safety associations; and other stakeholder groups to develop and carry out critical programs and initiatives; to facilitate the creation of an IP-based Next Generation 9-1-1 system; and to establish industry leading standards, training, and certifications.