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May 20, 2014

Persons can text to 911

Indiana Statewide 911 Board members, working with the Franklin County Communications Center employees, announced that as of May 14, public safety has taken a major move forward, according to a press release.

Through Indiana’s strong, coordinated approach to public safety, local 911 centers across the state are now providing the public with access to 911 through the use of text messaging from their wireless handset, said program manager Laurel Simmermeyer .

Communicating with 911 dispatchers by voice is more effective than text-to-911. Using text should be limited to these circumstances:

• When calling 911 is not possible, such as if the caller is deaf, hearing- or speech-impaired;

• If a caller is otherwise unable to speak because of a medical condition (such as a stroke); or

• If speaking would be unsafe, as in the case of abduction or home invasion.

INdigital telecom of Fort Wayne designed, built and operate the IN911 network for the State 911 Board, which provides service to 911 agencies throughout the state.

Verizon Wireless and its technology partner TeleCommunication Systems are the first carrier to provide service. Three other carriers (T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T) have also voluntarily committed that they will provide service. The Federal Communications Commission wants all other wireless carriers to provide text-to-911 by the end of the year. 911 is a local service, provided at the county level throughout Indiana.

Indiana’s Verizon Wireless customers should keep several items in mind if they send a text to 911:

• Customers should use the texting option only when calling 911 is not an option;

• Using a phone to call 911 is still the most efficient way to reach emergency help. Texting is not always instantaneous, which is critical during a life-threatening emergency. It may take slightly longer to dispatch emergency services in a text to 911 situation because of the time involved: someone must enter the text, the message must go over the network and the 911 telecommunicator must read the text and then text back;

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