County set to receive 911 texts

Starting next week, you’ll be able to text 911 for help if someone breaks into your home or you’re in a bank that’s being robbed.

But emergency dispatchers would still prefer you call if possible, county 911 director Mike Watkins said.

Text to 911 service is starting in Johnson County next week, which can be useful for people who are hearing impaired or in a situation where they can’t safely make a phone call. In the future, people also could text photos to dispatchers, such as if they came upon a serious accident on the highway.


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