Can I send a text to 911?
Beginning Tuesday, March 1, 2016, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center will have the capability to receive text messages to 911. Public safety officials encourage anyone who has an emergency to place a voice call to 911 whenever possible. Call if you can, text if you can't.

During a fire, medical or police emergency, you should send a text to 911:
1) If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability;
2) If you cannot speak due to an injury or medical condition;
3) If you are in a threatening situation and a voice call could increase the threat; or
4) If you cannot make a call because your mobile phone reception is poor.

More information about text to 911 is online at

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1. How does an emergency call work?
2. When should you call 911?
3. How can callers help the 911 dispatchers?
4. What number do I call for non-emergency assistance?
5. Why do dispatchers ask so many questions?
6. What should I do if I call 911 by mistake?
7. Who does the center dispatch?
8. Can the center communicate with the speech-impaired and hearing-impaired?
9. Can I call 911 from a pay phone?
10. Can I call 911 from a cellular phone?
11. I speak a foreign language. Can the 911 center communicate with me during an emergency?
12. Can I send a text to 911?