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Text-to-911

Text-to-911 is a service that allows the public (in certain areas across the commonwealth, at this time) to text to 911 if they’re in a situation where they cannot call.

Public safety answering points (PSAP) have begun the process of adding text-to-911 service across the commonwealth.

PA Text-to-911 Status Map

See the map below for the status in your county (PDF).

Pennsylvania Text-to-911 Status Map

How do I text 911 in an emergency?

Step 1:  Type 911 in the "To" or "Recipient" field.

Step 2:  Enter the address of the emergency and a brief message about the emergency.

Step 3:  Send the text message.

Important Information

  • CALL IF YOU CAN. TEXT IF YOU CAN’T.
  • PSAPs do not know your location when texting. YOU MUST TEXT YOUR ADDRESS.
  • Do not use abbreviations or emojis.