Text to 9-1-1

Introducing: Text to 9-1-1 

“9-1-1 Call If You Can. Text If You Can’t.” 

Text to 9-1-1 Available Statewide

  • Text messaging to 9-1-1 is available on cell phones in North Dakota.
  • Texting should only be used when you are unable to make a voice call.
  • Pictures and videos can not be accepted at this time.
  • Text to 9-1-1 messages do not automatically provide a location like a voice call.
  • Texting to 9-1-1 near a state border may not go through.

How Do I Text to 9-1-1?

  • Enter the numbers "911" in the "To" field.
  • Text message should be brief and include:
    • Location
    • Type of emergency
  • "Send" message.
  • Be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 personnel.
  • Text in simple words - do not use abbreviations.

Why Would I Want to Text 9-1-1?

  • It gives deaf, hard of hearing or speech impared communities direct access to 9-1-1 services.
  • Text to 9-1-1 is ideal if you are in a situation where speaking could compromise your safety for example: active shooter, domestic violence, home invasion or abduction.
  • A text or data plan is required to place a text to 9-1-1 message.   
  • Text to 9-1-1 is for emergencies only. It is a crime to text 9-1-1 with a false report.
  • Do not text and drive!