CAN’T TALK IN AN EMERGENCY? NOW YOU CAN TEXT 9-1-1 — August 20, 2020
CAN’T TALK IN AN EMERGENCY? NOW YOU CAN TEXT 9-1-1
August 20, 2020
By: Suzanne Pollak
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Beginning today, Marylanders have the option of texting 9-1-1 for help if they cannot call the number.
In an emergency, it is not always possible to speak out loud so the Maryland assembly adopted a way to enable those with a cell phone to text in their emergency. Sen. Cheryl Kagan of District 17, NG911 commission chair, headed the effort.
When texting, those needing assistance should enter 9-1-1 in the “to” line and enter a brief message that includes their location and whether they need police, fire or ambulance. Then hit send and respond to questions the 9-1-1 specialists asks.