Text to 911.
Most Los Angeles County dispatch centers are now equipped to receive and respond to mobile phone SMS Text to 9-1-1 messages.
If you can, always contact 9-1-1 by making a voice call, “Call if you can – text if you can’t.”
What happens when you text 911?
It is the ability to send a “short message” (SMS) or other kind of text message to 911. Texting during an emergency could be helpful if you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, or if a voice call to 911 might otherwise be dangerous or impossible.
What states can you text 911?
The FCC has provided a full list of counties in which text-to-911 is currently available. Some areas that currently support text-to-911 include Dallas, Texas; Durham, North Carolina; and a few whole states, like all of Maine, Iowa and Vermont.
Can I text 911 for an emergency?
Text-to-911 is the ability to send a text message to reach 911 emergency call takers from your mobile phone or device. However, because text-to-911 is currently only available in certain locations, you should always make a voice call to contact 911 during an emergency whenever possible.
Can you text the police in an emergency?
If you come across, or are involved in an emergency you can use your phone to text the emergency services for help. An emergency is: when life is at risk, people are trapped or in trouble, a crime is taking place, someone is hurt and needs medical attention or there is a fire. Text 999.
Can you text 911 if you can t talk?
If you’re deaf or in an emergency where you can’t speak, getting a hold of 911 is problematic. If you’re located in an area that will allow the service, make sure you provide your location when texting 911. Call centers will not have the ability to triangulate your location the same way they can with a phone call.
What is a silent 911 call?
It’s known as the 911 Silent Call Procedure. Call 911, wait for an answer, then use your telephone’s keypad to “talk” to the dispatcher. Press 1 if you need police, 2 for fire and 3 for an ambulance. If the dispatcher asks you questions, 4 means “yes” and 5 means “no.”
Can you call 911 anonymously?
So, here’s the answer to “Is there a way to call 911 anonymously?”: Yes and no. A person can call 911 from a location and refuse to give his or her name, or even say, “I would prefer to remain anonymous.” Again, there is a record of your phone call. The best bet for calling anonymously is from a payphone.
Can you call 911 without a signal?
Sometimes a defunct cell phone will still be able to call 911. In order for the phone to call 911, it has to have a working signal. It does not have to have a contract with a carrier (meaning you can’t call any other number and can’t receive calls).
Can 911 track your location?
Here’s how they explain it: When you call 911 from your cellphone, the dispatcher does not see your actual location. Instead, dispatch centers have to ask your wireless carrier for your location information. The location information comes from a cell tower, which could put you miles away from where you actually are.