According to Press Enterprise, emergencies can now be reported using a text-to-911 service in the city of Riverside.
This is especially helpful for those who have difficulty hearing, speaking or who fear being overheard in an emergency situation. They can now use this text-to-911 service instead of a phone call to report emergencies to the police and fire departments in the city of Riverside. Really, something that is long overdue considering Riverside is home to the California School for the Deaf and there are only two schools like that in the entire state. We have a large deaf community in Riverside and they deserve this.
Some cities in the IE already have this service. The San Bernardino County law enforcement agencies that can accept the 911 texts are Barstow, Chino, CHP Barstow and Inland Empire, Colton, Cal State San Bernardino, Fontana, Montclair, Ontario, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino city, San Bernardino County sheriff’s valley and desert dispatch centers, and Upland.
The Riverside County law enforcement agencies that can accept the 911 texts, beside Riverside, are Banning, Beaumont, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs. [Source: PE.com]