Why text 911?

My parents are deaf. Text to 911 technology isn’t widely adopted in the United States. If there was an emergency, how could my parents contact 911?

If there's a robbery or an active shooter situation, texting is safer than speaking to 911 dispatchers. If a person has an accent or a speech disability, texting 911 is easier. For non-English speakers, calling 911 is a barrier.

The current text to 911 technology stack relies on the user to provide an accurate address, cannot receive images of the emergency, and does not allow the user to provide specific details of the emergency.

How to solve the problem?

  • Specify Emergency

    Allows the dispatcher to send the right resource.

  • Specific Location

    Automatically sends realtime address and allows user to specify emergency location.

  • Send Image*

    User can send an image so dispatchers understand the nature of the emergency. * not available at all PSAPs

  • Efficient

    Message is quickly sent with all the important details. Dispatchers will then communicate further via text.

  • Works with Existing Technlogy

    If text to 911 isn’t available, text911 will convert text to voice and call 911 on the user's behalf, playing details to dispatchers on a quick loop.

  • Non-English Users

    Spanish users can reach out for help. Goal to translate to multiple languages for non-English users.

How you can help?

Share this site with potential funders, donate to our cause, advocate to make this technology available, collaborate (we’re looking for passionate problem solvers).

Next Steps

  • Collaborate with 911 call centers (PSAPs) to integrate technology in the US and Worldwide
  • Become a 501(c)(3): this app will always be free to use for the public
  • Secure funding to build mobile app
  • Build mobile app
  • Beta test with users and dispatchers
  • Integrate other languages (Chinese, Arabic, Tagalog)