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911: Call if you can, text if you can't


Last updated 2/4/2021 at 9:45am

SAN DIEGO – Text to 911 is now available in San Diego County, including the sheriff’s department, all police and fire and emergency medical services agencies.

Calling is still the fastest way to reach 911; however, there are situations when texting may be the better option.

• You’re deaf, hard of hearing, non-verbal or have difficulty speaking.

• You’re in a situation where it's not safe to call 911 for help.

• You’re having a medical emergency and cannot speak on the phone.

How does text to 911 work?

• Enter the numbers 911 in the “To” field.

• Give the location a...

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