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By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

(Photo by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson)

Jan. 5, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) The County of San Diego Sheriff’s department announced that a new service has been added to request emergency help----texting 9-1-1.  The option covers requesting help from the Sheriff’s department, fire/emergency medical services (EMS), and all police.

While it is still recommended to call 9-1-1 first, this new feature, according to SDSO’s office, is to be used if a call cannot be placed. The department does caution the option might be slower than calling.

Enter the numbers 9-1-1 in the 2 field. Texting 9-1-1 is for emergencies only. 

The option remains the best choice for those that are unable to speak due to a dangerous situation, deaf, or hearing impaired in emergency situations.  

Visit: https://www.sdsheriff.net/ for further information.








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