Today the Saskatchewan government announced the launch of Text With 911, a service where residents who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired can register their cellphone so they can communicate with Sask911 operators via text message.

Text With 911 is only available for those who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired. These residents’ family members and close friends may also register their cell phones in case their loved one needs to use their phone in an emergency situation.

Registered users still need to call 911 as usual in an emergency situation, although they don’t need to speak.  This is so the operator will receive their wireless location and will be able to hear any background noises that will better allow them to assess the situation.  Once the call begins, Sask911 will initiate a text message conversation with the caller to determine what emergency services are required.

Like Sask911, Text With 911 should only be used for emergency situations that require an immediate response from police, fire or emergency medical services.

To begin the registration process, contact your wireless service provider or visit www.textwith911.ca/en/wireless-service-providers/ and choose your wireless service provider.

Residents can visit www.textwith911.ca for information from the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) about the service, including instructional videos in American Sign Language.

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