Mobile users in Los Angeles County now have the ability to send text messages to 9-1-1, giving hearing and speech impaired residents, or those in situations where it is too dangerous to dial 9-1-1, a potentially life saving option.
If you text 9-1-1 and text is not available in your area, you will receive a bounce back message advising text is not available, then resort to calling 9-1-1. It’s better to call and be quiet than not to contact them at all! Location accuracy varies by carrier and should not be relied upon.
Be prepared to give your location. Photos and videos cannot be sent to 9-1-1. Text messages should be sent in plain English only, and not contain popular abbreviations or emojis. Texts cannot be part of a group text.