In McLennan County, it is now possible to text for 911 services.
The McLennan County Emergency Assistance District implemented the new text messaging service on May 21 with the four major wireless carriers, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Customers with those carriers can send a text up to 140 characters in an emergency.
The McLennan County EAD says you should only text 911 in an emergency situation with placing a voice call is not possible as voice calls to 911 are still the best and fastest way to get help. "Call if you can -- text if you can't," will be the new slogan used in the county and other communities that have also implemented the service.
If you find yourself in an emergency and are unable to make a voice call McLennan County EAD has provided the following steps:
The McLennan County EAD emergency assistance district added if you do not receive a response from a 911 operator, make a voice call.
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