Urgent Text Messages
This is the ability to send a text message to reach 911 emergency call takers from your mobile phone or device. It can be a life-saving alternative in several situations. For those in the community who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impediment, making a voice call may be too difficult. Texting also becomes useful when voice networks are congested or making a voice call would put the caller in danger.
The availability of this service is still limited, but growing. There are currently more than one hundred 911 call centers in 16 states that can accept emergency text messages. The goal is to enable all mobile phone owners to send text messages to 911. The Commission encouraged industry-developed solutions to achieve this goal, and proposed rules that would require all covered text providers to support text-to-911 by December 31, 2014.
Campus Emergency Texts
While this is still developing on a national level, the university community is ahead of the curb with emergency text messages. Students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to register for campus emergency notifications. This is a safe way to ensure that everyone receives critical university notifications, as well as school closings and weather alerts
Primary and Secondary schools are adopting this emergency text message system as well. The Houston Independent School District announced that they will bring sending text messages to alert parents of any emergency situations at the school.
How would you want emergency text messages handled in your community?