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).
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.
- 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.