Text With 911
The presentation at the September 8, 2014 General Meeting by Erik Johnson and Lyne Eaker was very informative helping to bring us up to date on exactly what T-911 is and what we need in order to be able to use it.
First and foremost you require a mobile phone and need to be registered through your provider. At this moment there is limited availability to use it in Canada, but more access is becoming available. Edmonton will be ready for use starting early in 2015.
Some key points that were brought up when using Text with 911 are:
In an emergency, dial 911 on your cell phone to access the 911 center in your area. There is no need to speak as the 911 call taker will receive an indicator that tells them to communicate with you via text messaging.
To dial 911, simply hit the send key, then the digits 9, 1, 1, and the send key again. You must ensure your phone is unlocked to return to the home screen and text message with the operator.
Do not send a text message to 911 as you must wait for the 911 operator to initiate the text session with you.
Voice 911 call allows the 911 operator to hear the emergency and also receive important information including the call back number and location information. When the emergency has ended, you will get a text message indicating the end of the session. You can then end the voice part of the 911 call.
So now is the time to registered by clicking on the link provided below and following the instructions they have provided.
Have you registered for the service? You will have access to the service if you travel to other parts of the country where the service is up and running.
Each service provider looks after the registration for their own customers.
You can register by going to http://textwith911.ca/wireless-service-providers/ Click on your service provider’s name and just follow the steps to register.