Can I text to 9-1-1?

9-1-1: Call if You Can, Text if You Must

In 2016, Blaine County Emergency Communications Center began accepting Text to 9-1-1 within Blaine County. This was a cooperative effort between counties, creating the ability to send a text message to 9-1-1 in Blaine, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, and Twin Falls Counties.  

Voice Calls to 9-1-1 Are Still the Best and Fastest Way to Contact 9-1-1

When to text to 9-1-1

•    If you are hearing or speech impaired.

•    When a voice call could increase a threat.

•    If you are injured and cannot speak.

•    If you are in a remote location and can only send a text message.

How to text to 9-1-1 in an emergency:

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

•    The first text message to 9-1-1 should be brief and contain the location of the emergency and type of help needed.

•    Push the send button.

•    Be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions for the 9-1-1 call taker.

•    Keep the text message brief and concise; avoid slang and abbreviations.

Show All Answers

1. What is Enhanced 911?
2. Who answers my 911 call?
3. Are the Emergency Communication Officers trained to help me?
4. When should you call 911?
5. Can I text to 9-1-1?
6. How much does it cost to call 911?
7. What should I say when I call 911?
8. What questions will I be asked?
9. What should I do if I call 911 by mistake?
10. If I need the police, but it's not an emergency, what number do I call?