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Hearing and speech-impaired members of the community, or those in a situation where it is too dangerous to dial 911, have another option to call for help in an emergency -- text to 911.

"Call if you can - text if you can't" is the slogan developed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the technology becomes available in Colorado.

The Delta County Sheriff's 911 Dispatch is equipped to receive and respond to text messages sent to 911. All phones or devices must include a text or data plan to send a text to 911.

This announcement comes after the nation's four largest wireless service providers, AT&T Mobility, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, in cooperation with the FCC, National Emergency Number Association, and the Association of Public Safety Officials agreed in 2012 to provide Text-to-911 as a nationwide interim solution until the Next Generation of 911 is deployed. Text-to-911 technology will provide the public with an additional means of requesting emergency services and will provide additional support to the deaf, hard-of-hearing, and the speech-impaired community.

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