Those experiencing an emergency in L.A. County can now text 911 if calling isn’t an option.
Officials launched the Text-to-911 program as a way to help Angelenos who might be situation where it is too dangerous to speak on the phone, such as domestic violence case or active shooter emergency. The text messaging service will also give hearing and speech-impaired residents the ability to report emergencies more easily.
Some important things to keep in mind:
- 911 texting is not available if you are roaming.
- A text or data plan is required to place a text to 911.
- Photos, videos and emojis cannot be sent to 911.
- Text messages should not contain popular abbreviations (SMH, ICYMI)
- Texts to 911 cannot be sent to more than one person. Send only to 911.
- Those using the service should be prepared to give their location immediately
- 911 texting is available in English only
- 911 texting is only available in Los Angeles County. Those who text from outside the county will get a bounce-back message.