Kitsap County Launches Text-to-911 Service
911: Call if You Can, Text (Only) if You Can’t
Kitsap 911 (CENCOM) announced today that it has begun accepting Text-to-911 service. Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint customers in Kitsap County can now send a text message to 911 in an emergency.
Text to 911 is a new and critical service. It is intended to benefit people that may not be able to speak due to an emergency such as a home invasion, or abusive partner, as well as individuals that are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities.
“I’m proud that Kitsap 911 is the first 911 center in the state to accept text messages,” said the agency’s director Richard Kirton. “Text-to-911 is an important tool that will save lives, but placing a voice call is still the most efficient way to reach help. Beginning today, if you have an emergency in Kitsap County, call if you can, text if you can’t.”