Greenville County residents now have the ability to text 911 in an emergency. Greenville will be the first county in the state to use such a system.
Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis announced the new program Tuesday.
The program will only work with Verizon cellphones for now, but Loftis said AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have agreed to provide the service by next May.
“Texting 9-1-1 is a great service for the citizens of our county to have in the event a person would need to remain silent when requesting assistance from the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office,” he said, adding that could include a person trying to hide, or someone with speech or hearing impediments.
However, he said it’s still best to physically call 9-1-1 in an emergency.