- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Residents in Snohomish County are now able to text to 911 for help.

Dispatchers in Snohomish County say the texting service is meant for situations when it’s not safe or possible to talk on the phone, such as a domestic violence incident or a home break-in. It’s also designed to help people with hearing or speech impairments.

Snohomish County is the second county in the state to roll out the service, joining Kitsap County.

Emergency dispatchers still want people to call first if possible, since communicating by text messages isn’t as interactive as talking on the phone. They also ask people to be clear in their texts about where they are and what the situation is.

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