King County announced today that it began text-to-911 service; however, South Sound 911 reminds callers that text-to-911 is not yet available in Pierce County. South Sound 911 anticipates launching text-to-911 service countywide in February 2019. If callers send a text to 911 in an area without text-to-911 service, they should receive an automatic reply stating the service is not available.

Text-to-911 is available in some parts of Washington. There are a few things to know about how it works:

For more information about text-to-911, including where the service is currently available in Washington, visit: https://www.mil.wa.gov/emergency-management-division/e911/texting911.