Perry County residents will soon be able to text emergencies to 911 dispatchers.
EMA Director Steve Hauser says the county recently installed equipment that allows residents, dispatches, and emergency personnel to communicate via text.
Hauser says emergency personnel are currently being trained on the new system. He says dispatchers will still prefer residents to call and utilize the texting aspect as a secondary option.
He says this new system will be handy for the who find themselves in situations where they can't speak on the phone.
"We receive a lot of hang-up 911 calls and we generally do not have the capability to get anyone to answer whenever we try to return the call," said Hauser. "This will give us the capability to actually send a text message to that caller that we received the 911 hang-up. It's going to have other uses too where we can actually use it to send messages to officers and things in the field, where maybe we don't want the traffic to go over the radio."
Hauser expects the in-bound messaging system to be up and running in July.
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