911 Texting Now Available On Campuses

Students, faculty and visitors to Indiana's college campuses can now send text messages to 911 dispatchers during emergencies if they're unable to speak. Indiana's Statewide 911 Board director says the use of text-to-911 has been expanded to both public and private campuses in collaboration with local emergency dispatch centers. Next, comes a campaign to educate college students about the new texting option but officials still emphasize that calling 911 remains best in an emergency. A federal order requires all wireless carriers and text-messaging providers to allow users to send texts to local 911 dispatchers by year's end.