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Prowers County Emergency Telephone Authority Equipped to Receive Text 911 Messages

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The Prowers County Emergency Telephone Authority is pleased to announce the ability to send a text message to 9-1-1 as an integrated service to our 9-1-1 network and 9-1-1 equipment. Thorough testing has been conducted and Text to 9-1-1 is live, for the public in Prowers County.

Texting to 9-1-1 provides accessibility to the hearing and speech impaired population and provides an alternative to reach help in a dangerous situation when a voice call is not possible or where a voice call fails due to a high volume of phone activity but texting is successful.

How to text to 9-1-1 in an emergency:

  • Enter the numbers “911” in the “To” field.
  • The first text message to 9-1-1 should be brief and contain the location of the emergency and type of help needed.
  • Push the “Send” button.
  • Be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 call taker.
  • Text in simple words- do not use abbreviations.
  • Keep the text message brief and concise.

When to text to 9-1-1

  • If you are hearing impaired.
  • When a voice call could increase a threat.
  • If you are injured and cannot speak.
  • If you are in a remote location and can only send a text message.

Currently, the five major carriers; Viaero Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless have agreed to offer the text to 9-1-1 service. However, this does not mean that the service is available in all areas. Should you be out of the area, for that Carrier, you will receive a message stating that the text service is not available and to call 9-1-1. Photos, videos and other attachments cannot currently be sent to 911 via text, although those capabilities will be available in the future.

CALL IF YOU CAN, TEXT IF YOU MUST

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