You can text 911 for help

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The deaf and speech impaired can now text for help.
(Photo: Jens Schott Kunudson / CC, FLICKR)

Adapted from The Province by Patty Bossort
Level 3

Are you deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech impaired?
Now you can text for help.
The new service is called T911.
You can text police, ambulance and fire emergency services for help.
The service is available in:

•  Southwestern BC
•  Metro Vancouver
•  Squamish
•  Whistler
•  Pemberton
•  the Sunshine Coast

British Columbia is the first province to offer the T911 service.
The service started in March 2014.

Read the PDF and do the exercise

How do I get started?
You must register your cellphone to use the T911 service.
Register your cellphone with your service provider.

How does it work?
Dial 9-1-1 on the cellphone you registered.
The emergency operator will answer with a text message.
You can text information about your emergency to the operator.
The new T911 service may save lives.

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