TEXT-TO-9-1-1 allows individuals in dangerous situations who are unable to risk the noise of a call to send a text for help. This will help save lives and must be used responsibly. Texting
should only be used when a voice call is not possible, as voice calls provide an advantage by allowing the 9-1-1 operator to more quickly assess the type of emergency and the location of the emergency.
How to TEXT 9-1-1:
1. Enter 911 in the 'T...o' field
2. In the message field, type your exact location and a BRIEF description of the help you need - use simple words.
DO NOT use abbreviations or shorthand
3. Push the 'Send' button and
4. Be prepared to answer the 9-1-1 call taker's questions
5. A text or data plan is required to place a Text-to-9-1-1.
Currently, Text-to-9-1-1 is offered via Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and
T-Mobile. Text messages may not go through if a cell signal is not available. If a text message does not go through, the
sender will receive the following message; 'There is no text service to 9-1-1 available at this time.'
Text-to-9-1-1 messages cannot be received if there are multiple message recipients or if pictures, videos or emoticons
Please respect Text-to-9-1-1 it is FOR EMERGENCY USE ONLY!
There are several smart phone apps available to instruct your child on how to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency. Be sure to see if there is one for your cell phone.