by: Sonny Elliot, KTLO
Those in Marion County can now receive help in an emergency by utilizing the “Text-to-911” feature on their cellphones.
All users need to do to utilize the service is enter the numbers 911 in the “to” field; compose a brief text message containing the location of the emergency and type of help needed; then press the send button. Marion County Sheriff Clinton Evans says the service has been added because of its benefits to the people of the county and allows law enforcement to have one more avenue to connect with the public. Once users have sent a text to 911, they should be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 911 call-taker. Evans tells the public to text in simple words and to avoid using abbreviations, as well as keeping messages brief and to the point. Evans explains the benefits of using Text-to-911 include begin able to get a message out in areas where cell call service might be spotty but messages can get through and also being able to text in a situation where making a call is not possible or practical.
More information on the “Text-to-911” Service in Marion County from KTLO can be found by clicking here.