Text to 9-1-1 became available statewide in North Dakota early this month, according to North Dakota 9-1-1.
It’s available to customers of any of the six cellular carriers operating in the state: AT&T, Sagebrush, Sprint, SRT, T-Mobile and Verizon. Via text, you can now reach 9-1-1 in an emergency, and that message will be routed to a public safety answering point (PSAP) for response.
North Dakota 9-1-1 said Text to 9-1-1 should only be used in an emergency situation, when placing a call is not possible.
• Text messaging to 9-1-1 is available on cell phones in North Dakota.
• Texting should only be used when you are unable to make a voice call.
• Pictures and videos cannot be accepted at this time.
• Text to 9-1-1 messages do not automatically provide a location like a voice call.
• Texting to 9-1-1 near a state border may not go through.
How do you Text to 9-1-1?
• Enter the numbers “911” in the “To” field.
• Text message should be brief and include: ◦Location
◦ Type of emergency
• “Send” message.
• Be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 personnel.
• Text in simple words. Do not use abbreviations.
Why would you want to Text 9-1-1?
• It gives deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired communities direct access to 9-1-1 services.
• Text to 9-1-1 is ideal if you are in a situation where speaking could compromise your safety — for example, an active shooter, domestic violence, home invasion, or abduction.
• A text or data plan is required to place a text to 9-1-1 message.
• Text to 9-1-1 is FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY! It is a crime to text 9-1-1 with a false report.
• Reminder: Do not text and drive!