Dorchester Co. residents can now text 911 for help

Dorchester Co. residents can now text 911 for help

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - As of Monday, Dorchester County residents have a new way to reach out to 911 for help: texting a message to dispatchers.

Back in February, the Dorchester County's Sheriff's Department and Emergency Communication Department made a presentation on the new program to County Council, saying the program will cost only $274 for the county to implement the first year and is free to users.

Dispatchers urge users of the Text 911 service to keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Make sure to include your location and the type of emergency.
  • Do not use slang or abbreviations.
  • Do not text and drive.
  • You cannot send photos or video through the system.

To use the service, your phone must be equipped with a data plan. County leaders say if a user texts 911 and does not get a response, they should call 911 instead.

Charleston County implemented a similar program in April and Berkeley County plans to implement their version in August.

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