Residents in Logan County, along with three other counties, can now send a text message to 911 to request emergency help. The Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) made the announcement on Monday morning.
The “Text to 911” service in four counties, including Oklahoma, Cleveland, Logan and Canadian counties, to allow people in emergency situations to text dispatchers for help.
To request help via text, send a text to 911 with the location of the emergency. The 911 dispatcher will reply with instructions or questions. The service can not accept photos, videos, emojis or slang.
The text service does not replace calling 911, but the option is intended for:
- People with speech or hearing disabilities
- Callers who need to remain silent or discreet
- Medical emergencies that render the caller incapable of talking
Sending a text to 911 in an emergency is simple and quick.
- Open a new text message on your mobile device.
- Type 911 in the recipient field.
- Begin your text conversation with the location of the emergency and hit “send.”
The 911 dispatcher will respond with instructions or questions. You and the dispatcher can then have a text conversation that includes details about your emergency and information about help.