If you need help from first responders and can’t talk, you can now text 911, officials said Thursday.
Hamilton County becomes the first in the state to launch the county-wide 911 texting capability.
“[This] has the capacity to save lives literally, as our first responders will be able to respond to emergencies quickly,” said Hamilton County mayor Jim Coppinger, in a press conference on Thursday.
Senator Todd Gardenhire was a strong advocate of the new measure.
“I have a little bit of an extra motivation,” he said during a press conference on Thursday.
Gardenhire is also hard of hearing. If this creates better access to first responders?
“I’m all for it,” he said.
Tips for Text-to-911 in an emergency:
- Providing location information and nature of the emergency in the first text message is imperative
- Keep text messages simple, brief, and concise
- Service is available only in English at this time
- Texts cannot include emoji’s, photos, videos, or other multimedia
- Texts sent to more than one recipient will not go through