Howard County, IN

Text to 9-1-1


Find the message or messaging icon on your phone. Do NOT use a text app you have downloaded. Select "Create a new text message". Put 911 in the to: field. 

Put your emergency and your location in the message body. Do not attach or send pictures or videos. 

Keep your message short and do not use abbreviations.

After you enter your text, press send.

The 911 center will reply as quickly as possible.

Continue your dialog with 911 and follow their instructions.

When Do You Text 9-1-1?

Make a voice call when you can. Text if you can't make a voice call, or if a voice call would put you in danger. Text-to-911 is not as fast as making a voice call. The 911 center may ask you to make a voice call if you don't know your location.