DELAWARE, OH (WCMH) — If you live in Delaware County you can now text 911 for help.
“If you are hearing- or speech-impaired or if you are in an emergency situation that requires maintaining silence, you can now text your emergency by dialing 9-1-1 and texting information about your situation and location to our dispatchers,” the county released April 23 on its Facebook page.
Earlier this year it was announced several local governments, including Delaware and Franklin counties, were going to begin implementing 911 texting.
The Columbus area joins a few other municipalities in Ohio with the technology, including Cuyahoga and Hamilton counties.
Officials say a call is still preferable but texting is an important option if someone is hiding during an emergency and it would be dangerous to be heard on the phone.