911 now supports text messages in supported cities

Yesterday, Text-to-911 became available in selected cities and towns across the United States. The new service allows you to send text messages of your emergency to first responders rather than call.

The service is only currently available to a very small list of cities in the United States, a matter of fact the list is so small you might as well assume the feature isn’t available in your city just yet.

All four major carriers signed on to launch the service by May 15th, so far its only available in cities that have a call center that supports the technology. Locations that are currently online were already using existing TTY systems (traditionally used by the hearing impaired) to accept texts, or new browser-based solutions.

Iowa, Maine and Vermont are the only states that currently offers the option statewide, however Text-to-911 will launch across the US by the end of the year. As of now, if you try to use the service in areas it isn’t available you’ll get a bounce message encouraging to call instead.

[Source: Engadget]

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