Contact 9-1-1 to save a life, stop a crime or report a fire. When time is less of an issue call your local non-emergency authorities.
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If you choose to text to 9-1-1 it will be important to provide your location and the nature of your emergency as clearly as possible using simple plain English. Avoid using abbreviations or "text jargon" as it may cause confusion delaying the emergency response. The 9-1-1 call taker will ask you standard emergency questions. Text to 9-1-1 service is not available in all areas, the cell phone must have a texting plan through the carrier, and normal charges may apply.