How do I text 911?

Follow these steps to text 911 in an emergency:

1. Enter 911 into the “To” field of a new message 

2. Your first text should be short and include the location of the emergency and the type of service needed – police, fire, or ambulance 

3. Press the send button 

4. Answer questions from the 911 specialist and follow the instructions he or she provides 

5. Text in simple words; do not use abbreviations or slang 

6. Keep messages short

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1. What is text-to-911?
2. What are the benefits of text-to-911?
3. When will text-to-911 be broadly available?
4. How does it work?
5. What are some challenges of text-to-911?
6. Why is text-to-911 important?
7. How do I text 911?
8. How do I know that 911 has received my text?
9. Is there a charge for using text-to-911 service?