Saskatchewan residents who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired can now register their cellphone so they can communicate with Sask911 operators via text message.
The announcement was made Thursday by Government Relations Minister Donna Harpauer.
“I am pleased to announce that residents who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired now have improved access to Sask911, and can more easily request emergency assistance from police, fire and emergency medical services,” Harpauer said. “I encourage these residents to contact their wireless service provider and register for Text With 911.”
Text With 911 is only available for those who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired.
Registered users still need to call 911 as usual in an emergency situation, although they don’t need to speak.
This is so the operator will receive their wireless location and will be able to hear any background noises that will better allow them to assess the situation.
Like Sask911, Text With 911 should only be used for emergency situations.
Family members and close friends may also register their cell phones.