- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - People across North Dakota can now send a text to 911 in an emergency if they’re unable to call.

The North Dakota 911 Association and local governments announced Thursday that customers of any of the six cellular carriers operating in the state can now text to 911. The carriers are AT&T;, Sagebrush, Sprint, SRT, T-Mobile and Verizon.

Association President Brent Nelson says calling 911 is still the best and fastest way to get emergency help. But he says the text-to-911 option can be useful in situations such as a home intrusion in which a person might be in further danger if they speak out loud to a dispatcher.

Officials say the texting option also will help people with hearing problems.

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