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Texting 9-1-1

In case of emergency you should dial 9-1-1.

Now you can text 9-1-1 here in Vigo County.

Texting 9-1-1 is useful for someone who’s deaf, experiencing a stroke or unable to talk due to a home invasion.

Dispatchers say that this is a great tool but should only be used as a last resort and that’s because they can get a lot of information from the caller.

They can tell a lot about a person by their voice inflection if they feel nervous or angered or there’s something going on in the background, the dispatchers can always hear that.

Currently this new service is available only on Verizon phones but other carriers are being pushed to offer the service by the end of the year.

To see if 911 texting is available in your area, visit www.in911.net

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