Garfield County txt to 911

POMEROY, WA - On Monday, November 30, the Garfield County Sheriff's Office announced it has launched its Text-to-9-1-1 service. Citizens in the area can now send a text message to 9-1-1 in an emergency.

Texting to 9-1-1 is a new, important service for the community. It is intended to benefit people that may not be able to speak due to an emergency such as a home invasion, or abusive partner, as well as individuals that are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities.

In Garfield County, this service will also help with individuals that are in an area with poor cell phone reception. In those areas, the text may take a little while, but should still shorten response time of first responders getting to you.

Things to know

  • When texting to 9-1-1- for an emergency, the first message should be the location of the emergency (including city) and the type of emergency help needed (police, fire, medical, etc).
  • Keep text messages brief and concise, using full words.
  • Stay with your phone, be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 call taker.
  • Photos and videos cannot be sent to 9-1-1 at this time.

The Text-to-9-1-1 service is not yet available state-wide. If you send a text to 9-1-1 from a wireless carrier or a city/county without Text-to-9-1-1 service, you should receive a message stating that there is no text service available.

A map of all Washington counties that have made the Text-to-9-1-1 service available can be seen below.

WA Text-to-911 County Map