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SLO County Sheriff's Office reveals 'Text to 911' program

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The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday revealed its new 'Text to 911' program. 

The technology allows those in need of emergency assistance to text rather than call for help. It's designed for individuals that are hearing and speech-impaired or if a person is in a dangerous situation and would not be able to call safely.

Once the new program is set up, members of the public will be able to send a short emergency message to  9-1-1.

"This allows us to get the message quickly and actually dispatch emergency personnel to the scene," said Sheriff Ian Parkinson.

The slogan for the program is "Call if you can - text if you can't." 

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