Emergency Access: Rolling Out Text to 911 in 2014

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Emergency Access: Rolling Out Text to 911 in 2014

Wed, 05/21/2014

See: FCC's Text-to-911: Quick Facts & FAQs

Source: http://mashable.com/2014/05/15/text-emergency-911/

Starting on Thursday, people in select locations across the country can text 9-1-1 with emergencies if they are unable to call them in.

The Federal Communications Commission is rolling out the service to make it easier to contact 9-1-1 for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, have a speech disability or are in a situation in which making a call could be dangerous. The FCC's website states that making a phone call is still the best option when possible, because it allows the person calling in to relay information more quickly. First responders can also triangulate the caller's location with a phone call, something that can't be done via text.

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