LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – New technology that lets cell phone users send texts to their local 911 call center is spreading through Nebraska, including rural areas where supporters say it could help save lives.
The service is already in place in Douglas, Buffalo and Washington counties, but smaller counties are now asking the state for money to add the service at their facilities.
The Nebraska Public Service Commission says at least six counties have filed funding requests to install the service in their jurisdiction.
Jeff Pursley, the commission’s executive director, says the service is intended to help people who can’t call authorities directly, such as domestic violence victims who want to do so quietly. It also could assist the hard of hearing, or those in areas with poor coverage.