‘Text-to-911′ coming to DeSoto County

Text-to-911 is coming to DeSoto County in October.
Text-to-911 is coming to DeSoto County in October.
Published: Sep. 19, 2023 at 2:30 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2023 at 2:39 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Text-to-911 is coming to DeSoto County, according to DeSoto County Emergency Communications Commission.

The Emergency Communication Center will start accepting SMS Text-to-911 messages on October 1.

The new system will enhance emergency 911 calls which includes giving the ability for citizens to text 911 in emergency situations.

Texting is not meant to replace calls to 911, but rather to provide another form of communication in situations when dialing 911 may not be an option.

“Call when you can; Text when you can’t” is the guideline, according to the commission.

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