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Wanna Text 911? It Could Happen Soon in East Texas.

It’s usually so much easier to text someone rather than pick up the phone and call.

To your sweetie: “Could you grab some wine on the way home?”  It takes a minute when actually dialing and calling might take five, because your spouse things of a hundred other things to tell you while you’re on the phone.  And hopefully the reply is a simple, “Yep!  ;-)”

What about emergencies?  Is texting the quickest way to 911?

It may be coming to East Texas.

There are ten counties in Texas that have the 911 texting capability right now, and emergency planners right now are weighing the pros and cons of adding it in Angelina and other East Texas counties.  It seems like a quick and easy way to send a distress signal, but what if there are network delays and dispatchers don’t get the text for an hour or two?  And how would a dispatcher be able to tell if it’s a prank or false alarm?

Lufkin and Nacogdoches have the equipment now that could allow for 911 texts, but they have yet to give it the green light.

For now we’ll reserve texting for friends, sig others, and family.  But we have a feeling we’ll be texting emergencies soon.

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