Casper City Council has authorized an agreement to purchase two large video screens for the city's new emergency operations and 911 dispatch center.

Authorities say both 19-foot-wide screens would give dispatchers at-a-glance weather and news information that can be used to better coordinate emergency operations.

Casper mayor Kenyne Schlager says councilors are responding to requests from Casper residents to improve public safety.

“The citizens truly believe that public safety, fire, police and streets are their top priorities,” Schlager said. “We have to invest continuously to try to keep up with the best technology – you don’t ever want to be that person that calls 911, and there’s nobody there to answer the phone.”

Live Wall Media of Morgan Hill, Calif., will provide the equipment and installation. Both screens carry a combined price tag of just over $280,000.