VIDEO: Johnson County text to 911 service begins

Posted at 7:40 AM, Feb 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-19 08:40:55-05

People who live in Johnson County will officially be able to text 911 for help beginning Friday.

The Mid-America Regional Council plans to show and explain the technology at a late morning news conference.

The new system aims to make it easier to contact 911 for those in situations where talking on the phone is not ideal and for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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911 Operators will respond to texts similar to if a person was on the phone.

Users must have an active texting account with the phone company, cannot be roaming and your location must be on.

Watch below to hear Keith Faddis with the Mid-America Regional Council explain what people should or should not include in their 911 message. 


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