Can’t Talk in an Emergency? Now You Can Text 9-1-1

Beginning today, Marylanders have the option of texting 9-1-1 for help if they cannot call the number.

In an emergency, it is not always possible to speak out loud so the Maryland assembly adopted a way to enable those with a cell phone to text in their emergency. Sen. Cheryl Kagan of District 17, NG911 commission chair, headed the effort.

When texting, those needing assistance should enter 9-1-1 in the “to” line and enter a brief message that includes their location and whether they need police, fire or ambulance. Then hit send and respond to questions the 9-1-1 specialists asks.

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About Suzanne Pollak

Suzanne is a freelance reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She has over 35 years professional experience writing for newspapers, magazines, non-profit newsletters and the web.

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