A phone call is still the preferred method for contacting 9-1-1. If text-to-911 is not available in your area, or temporarily unavailable, you should receive a message from your carrier telling you to place a voice or relay call. As with all text messages, it may take longer for 911 to receive and respond to your text message.
When texting to 9-1-1, please keep in mind:
The preferred language for texting 911 is English
Text messages do not provide the location of the texter and may be received out of order by 911
Pictures and/or videos cannot be received by 911 via text
Standard text messaging rates apply
Use simple words, avoid slang, do not use emojis, and keep messages short