(TNS) — Weld County officials on Monday announced its emergency communications center will now accept text messages.
The text-to-911 service, promoted under the national theme Call if You Can, Text if You Can't, allows people throughout Weld County to reach 911 via text during an emergency if calling is not an option, according to a Weld County news release.
"It provides another method for people to request help when it's desperately needed," Weld County Commissioner Chairwoman Julie Cozad said in the release. "It's a great asset to Weld County."
The text-to-911 option is a growing initiative, and was in just rolled out in Los Angeles County in California.
Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams on Monday said it was a good idea, as people aren't always eager to call 911 and at times may not be able to call for fear of alerting someone to the call.
"It's just one more way for someone to call for help," Reams said. "Any time we can get another way to provide a service, it's a good thing."
Weld County officials still say calling 911 should be the first option. If residents must text, the county has offered the following guidelines:
For more information about the program, including examples of how and when to use the service, go to http://www.weldgov.com.
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