Text to 911 in Chemung County
CHEMUNG COUNTY, NY (WENY) -- More cell phone users can now text 9-1-1 for help in Chemung County.
The text to 911 service is now available to Sprint wireless customers. The addition makes the service available to all major cell providers, including AT&T, and Verizon Wireless.
Emergency officials say the option to text 911 gives people more opportunities to get help - whether they are hearing impaired and unable to make a phone call, or can't speak during a medical emergency. An abduction, home invasion, or if phone lines are blocked during high-call emergencies are also instances in which the service could be used.