911 Text Messaging Service Launched In Franklin County

May 15, 2014
By

Verizon Wireless customers in Franklin County can now send a text message in case of emergency. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department joined a growing list of agencies accepting text-to-911 notifications.

The Federal Communications Commission wants all wireless carriers to provide the service by the end of 2014.

Verizon Wireless is the first carrier to provide service. AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have also voluntarily committed they will soon add the option.

Texting would be specifically useful for someone that is deaf, experiencing a stroke, or in case of a home invasion or abduction.

Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy says it is a major step forward for public safety but reaching 911 is still best by phone.

“If it is a true emergency they need to call 911. When we get a serious call we generally keep the caller on the line until the first responders are there. It helps us monitor the situation,” Sheriff Murphy said.

When emergency texting is utilized, law enforcement hope people provide location information and the nature of the emergency in the first text message.

The texting function should only be used for emergency situations that require an immediate response from police, fire or emergency medical services.

Listen Live

Upcoming Events

Feb
27
Fri
5:00 pm Millhousen Knights of St John Fi... @ Millhousen Knights of St. John
Millhousen Knights of St John Fi... @ Millhousen Knights of St. John
Feb 27 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 3 @ 7:30 pm
All you can eat fish fry on ‘specific’ Fridays; February 27, March 13, March 27 and  April 3rd. Serving from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Dinner includes: white fish, french fries, coleslaw, applesauce and dessert. Adults $10, children (10-3) $4, under 2 are free. To Go Orders are available.  
Mar
6
Fri
5:00 pm Millhousen Knights of St John Fi... @ Millhousen Knights of St. John
Millhousen Knights of St John Fi... @ Millhousen Knights of St. John
Mar 6 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 10 @ 8:30 pm
All you can eat fish fry on ‘specific’ Fridays; February 27, March 13, March 27 and  April 3rd. Serving from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Dinner includes: white fish, french fries, coleslaw, applesauce and dessert. Adults $10, children (10-3) $4, under 2 are free. To Go Orders are available.  
Mar
13
Fri
4:00 pm Knights of Columbus Council #848... @ Knights of Columbus Council #8487
Knights of Columbus Council #848... @ Knights of Columbus Council #8487
Mar 13 @ 4:00 pm – Apr 10 @ 7:30 pm
Knights of Columbus Council #8487 is running a fish fry on the following Fridays: February 27, St John in Osgood, benefit Special Olympics/ Gibault March 13, St Maurice- Napoleon (if available) benefit NCYC/Youth programs March 27, St John- Osgood, benefit Culture of Life. Menu: Alaskan fish- hand breaded, coleslaw, green beans and scalloped potatoes, homemade pie/ cake and limited supply ice cream, lemonade, coffee, tea. Adults $8.00, Child (12-5) – $4.00, under 5 $2.00 (peanut butter and jelly) Please feel free to contact us with a time/ place you feel we could offer a benefit fish fry, dinner or breakfast. We are here to serve.  

View Calendar