Text to 911 - Archive

School for deaf testing Frederick Co. text to 911 system

July 7, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Emergency Preparedness

 

 

News 4 WTOP
By Kristi King | @KingWTOP

WASHINGTON — Contacting 911 via text is ideal for the hearing impaired, but being deaf can make it more difficult to learn when something new like that is available.

Frederick County Emergency Communications is working with the Maryland School for the Deaf and its emergency management division to introduce its roughly 230 students and staff to the text to 911 system.

“We’re starting with the employees and working with them to be able to test the 911 and for them to be able to see how it works,” said Kristie Dutrow, administrator of Quality Assurance and Training for Frederick County Emergency Communications.

Frederick County’s text to 911 program began in 2013. It expanded to include AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile about a year ago. But Dutrow said the message about its availability wasn’t getting to some of the people most in need of the information.

Read more  . . .  Frederick County Emergency Communications 

 

 

 

ARLINGTON VA, Text-to-911 – Coming Soon

January 19, 2016 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness, Technology

 

 

In an emergency, we always want you to call 9-1-1, but for those instances when you’re unable to call, Arlington County will soon offer a text-to-911 capability. You’ll be able to send a text message to our Emergency Communications Center if you can’t call 9-1-1.

When is texting helpful?

The new service allows people who are unable to speak to reach 9-1-1 and request emergency services. This might include those who are:

  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • unable to speak
  • in a situation where it’s unsafe to speak

When is this available?

We’re working now on implementing this capability in Arlington; our target timeframe is early 2016.

What You Need to Know About Text-to-911

May 16, 2014 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness, Technology

 

 

FCC’s  ASL & Captioned video on what you need to know about Text to 911

Click to goto FCC ASL captioned Video

Click to goto FCC.gov  ASL captioned Video
about TEXT to 911
(Video Not Mobile Phone Friendly)

http://www.fcc.gov/text-to-911

FCC.gov  Print Out Guide

Text-to-911 Guide (pdf)