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Rockland County Launches '911' Text Option

ROCKLAND COUNTY N.Y. -- In an emergency, people now can text "911" in Rockland, the sheriff's office has announced, according to lohud.com.

Rockland has become the first Hudson Valley county to use the texting system, lohud.com said.

For people who find themselves in emergency situations in which they cannot pick up a phone and speak to a 911 operator, but they can text, the availability of Text-to-911 could be the difference that helps save a life, lohud.com said.

The text system also is important for those who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-disabled, lohud.com said.

Rockland County has a local wireless 911 call center, also known as a Public Safety Answering Point, lohud.com said.

For the Text-to-911 system to work for mobile users, callers must be within range of a cell tower serving Rockland County and also must have a text plan and use a wireless carrier that provides Text-to-911 service. Five wireless carriers available in Rockland are Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Metro PCS, lohud.com said.

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