Connecticut’s Governor Dannel P. Malloy spread the word yesterday that the text-to-911 system has now been implemented.

When you think about it, this is a really big deal. To reach 911 emergency personnel, to report an emergency in the state, you don’t even need to speak to anyone. In Connecticut, you can now text your emergency message to our local 911 dispatch workers, according to NBC Connecticut TV News.

Authorities do say, however, that the best, most efficient and fastest way to reach out to 911 emergency assistance is still via a voice phone call.

How it works is that users need to entering "911" into the "recipient" or "to" field of a text message. Then, within the body of the text, you give the location of the emergency along with a mention of which emergency services are needed (ambulance, police, etc.). From there, users will be prompted with specific directions.

This will really help hearing and speech impaired persons, as well as individuals who cannot speak because of the nature of the emergency like a home invasion or domestic violence situations. This system is now live and active throughout the entire state of Connecticut.

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