Text-to-911 Service Begins in Some Southwestern Indiana Counties

Some southwestern Indiana counties are working with the Indiana Statewide 911 Board to allow Hoosiers to text for help during emergencies.

Some southwestern Indiana counties are working with the Indiana Statewide 911 Board to allow Hoosiers to text for help during emergencies.

Vanderburgh, Warrick, Pike, Dubois, Knox and Gibson County are participating in the program. Although Vanderburgh County is enrolled Rodney Buchanan, director of Evansville-Vanderburgh Central Dispatch, said there is no timeline for when the service will be online.

The program is online in Pike and Gibson County. Knox County dispatchers said they plan to start using the service Thursday.

Dispatchers from Dubois County said they are working out a technical issue before they go online.

Posey and Spencer County dispatchers said they are looking into the program. Dispatchers from Perry County said they are undecided.

Right now the service can only be used by Verizon customers. Gibson County Sheriff George Ballard said other networks will be able to use the service soon. 

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