Seven Things You Should Know About Text-to-911 Implementation
This blog post shares highlights from the State’s January 2021 Status Report regarding ACDL’s landmark ADA settlements under which Text-to-9-1-1 is being deployed throughout Arizona. Background about the Enos et al v. Maricopa County and State of Arizona lawsuit and settlements can be found HERE .
Here are highlights from the State’s January 2021 Status Report outlining the implementation of Text-to-9-1-1 in Arizona.
- The Arizona Department of Administration’s Arizona 9-1-1 Program made funding available for all Arizona counties to implement Text-to-9-1-1 beginning August 3, 2018.
- All counties have been approved for settlement funds.
- Text-9-1-1 is NOW available in the following areas: Maricopa County, Pima County, Gila County, Gila River Indian Community, La Paz County, Mohave County, Navajo County, Apache County, Pinal County, Santa Cruz County, Yavapai County, and Yuma County.
- The Arizona Department of Public Safety implemented Text-to-9-1-1.
- Funds have been approved and Text-to-9-1-1 implementation is underway in the following areas: Cochise County, Graham County, Greenlee County, Coconino County, the City of Winslow, and Colorado City.
- Full statewide Text-to-9-1-1 implementation is tentatively scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2021.
- If Text-to-91-1 is available in your area, here is what you need to do to contact 9-1-1 during an emergency: open a new text message in your phone’s messaging app, enter 911 as the recipient, type your message and hit “send.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION
The State created a webpage with information about the settlement and Text-to-9-1-1 implementation. On the settlement webpage, you can view the following:
- the Settlement
- Text to 9-1-1 Implementation Status Map
- The Current Status Report – Go to page 7 to see a timeline of when Text-to-9-1-1 will be deployed in the remaining counties.
ACDL Attorneys Asim Dietrich and Rose Daly-Rooney and former ACDL Attorney Chris Carlsen handled this matter.
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