911 emergency dispatch hotlines will soon be accepting text message reports of emergency situations from Verizon customers in places across the United States.
911 emergency dispatch hotlines will soon be accepting text message reports of emergency situations from Verizon customers in places across the Untied States.
Text messages are limited to 160 characters, so officials ask that people who text 911 give as much information as possible.
Verizon is implementing the service in several counties in states across the US, including Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Montana, New York, North and South Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia.
Other cellphone service providers are also starting to offer a 911 text messaging system, including AT&T in Durham County, North Carolina and the entire state of Vermont, as well as iWireless from T-Mobile USA in all of Iowa.
T-Mobile is also offering the system to users in Montgomery County, New York.
Although it is currently available in a limited number of areas, there are plans to have a nationwide 911 text messaging system in place soon.
Call centers that receive the text messages aren’t able to find the location of the phone sending the text, so users must provide that information in the message itself.