Ark-Tex Council of Governments (ATCOG) Regional 9-1-1 Program is pleased to announce the availability of Text-to-9-1-1 service in Bowie, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red River and Titus counties. Text to 9-1-1 is a service that allows citizens to send a text message directly to 9-1-1 for assistance in the event they are unable to make a voice call.
Simply send a text as you would normally. In the recipient field enter 911, compose the message and push send. Once your text is sent, the 9-1-1 system will send an automated message asking the individual texting for the address of the emergency. This starts the text session between 9-1-1 and the individual needing emergency help. It is important to remember that text to 9-1-1 services should only be used in an emergency situation, when someone is unable to speak.
Examples include if the person is deaf, hard-of-hearing, speech impaired, or when speaking out loud would put the individual in danger. Text-to-9-1-1 also provides a silent alternative in cases such as a child abduction, active shooter or domestic abuse. When texting 9-1-1, you need to know your exact location and the nature of your emergency. Use simple language and no abbreviations or slang. Please do NOT TEXT and DRIVE! Pull over to a safe location before sending a text to 9-1-1. If you are able, please call 9-1-1. It takes longer to get all the information when communicating through text messages. Currently you can only Text-to-9-1-1 with the four major wireless carriers: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless™.
If you are in an area where texting service is not available to 9-1-1, you will receive a ‘bounce-back’ message telling you to make a voice call. If you would like more information about Text-to-9-1-1, please contact Rea Washington, 9-1-1 Program Manager at 903-255-3521 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the COG’s website at www.atcog.org.