Video: New Text-To-911 Service Becomes Available Across the State

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TRENTON, N.J. – A new statewide program has made it easier for people to reach emergency services when in the need.
The Call When You Can Text program is already being used in some counties, but now people all across the New Jersey will be able to send a text message to reach 911 emergency services under the new program.
Officials say a voice call is still preferred, but if you need to, you can now text to 911 from anywhere in New Jersey. The Office of Information Technology says to put the address, or the nearest cross streets, in the message along with a description of the emergency.
They also warn that if you are hiding in a dangerous situation to be careful of the noise your phone could make while texting.
The Text-to-911 service is available in cooperation with Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.