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Sending texts to 911 not available yet in Washington

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Aug. 13, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
August 13, 2009 3:20 pm

Just a reminder from the state Emergency Management Department: As of right now, the state’s 911 system is NOT set up to take text messages.

So, if you have an emergency, dial 911.

From a press release:

Washington State’s current 9-1-1 telephone system is designed around voice communications. Until upgrades are in place, Washington’s 9-1-1 system cannot deliver text data to 9-1-1 call centers around the state.

In recent days, there have been stories about an Iowa 911 center becoming the first in the county to have the capability of accepting emergency messages via text.

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