Text to 9-1-1

How to Text 9-1-1 in an Emergency

Text to 9-1-1 is available in El Paso and Teller Counties and should only be used if you have an emergency and are unable to make a voice call.

  • Enter the numbers "911" in the "To" field
  • Text the location of the emergency 
  • Text the nature of the emergency
  • Push the "Send" button
  • Be clear - Send a short text message without abbreviations, slang, or emojis
  • Stay calm - Answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 call taker

Important Considerations

  • A text or data plan is required to text 9-1-1
  • Group and picture messaging is not supported
  • Do not abuse Text to 9-1-1. It is for emergency use only
  • Do not text and drive

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