People in certain areas now have the ability to text 911 emergency services.
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Now, I know most of you are probably going to roll your eyes at the fact that you can now send a text message to 911 in the event of an emergency, but this is actually a beneficial service to a lot of people out there.
The Federal Communications Commission has announced that they are going to enable people in certain areas to be able to text 911 in the event of an emergency. This will make it much more convenient for people out there who a hearing disability, speech disability or in a situation where placing a call could be dangerous.
Of course, the FCC says that playing a phone call is a much better option, because you’re able to speak with someone and give them the information they need much quicker than you can text. Unless you’re one of these people:[youtube id=”2FLlaWlf-jg” width=”600″ height=”350″]
Also, first responders will be able to determine your location if you place a call to 911, which is something that’s not possible when sending a text message.
That being said, the FCC has said that it’s important that in the case you text 911, you should provide useful information, such as your exact location and the reason for contacting emergency services in the first place.
List of Cell Phone Providers That Offer the 911 Texting Service:
- Verizon Wireless
As of right now, this service is limited to certain parts of the United States. Certain areas in the following states have the ability to text 911:
- New York
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
Even though the service is only applicable to certain areas in the states listed above, the FCC has said that anyone with a cell phone and enough service to send a text will be able to text 911 by the end of 2014.
What happens if you text 911 and you’re not in one of the certain areas?
Okay, I know most of you are probably curious just to try this new feature out. After all, curiosity killed the cat, but I’m going to save you the trouble.
If you text 911 and you are not in one of the supported areas, your message will be bounced back to you and you will be informed to place a call to 911, instead.
Also, if you want, you can call your cell phone provider and ask them if you have the service in your area yet. As of right now, call centers are being updated to include the feature.