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PSA: Text-to-911 if You Can’t Call in an Emergency

If you’re in an emergency situation and you can’t talk, send a text to 911! LAFD and LAPD are among thousands of participating fire, medical and law enforcement agencies participating in the FCC’s text-to-911 program.

When texting 911, be sure to include your full address and the nature of your emergency. Because voice calls to 911 provide more information to authorities, you should always make a voice call to 911 during an emergency whenever possible. The text service allows hearing and speech impaired residents, or those in situations where it is too dangerous to dial 9-1-1, a potentially life saving option. Photos and videos cannot be sent via text-to-911 nor can emojis. Treat text-to-911 the same you would a voice call to 911: the service is for emergencies.

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