BAYSIDE, WI — Residents of the North Shore will now be able to text 911 in emergencies if a call is impossible.

People who are deaf or hard of hearing, those who are unable to speak due to a medical emergency, or people who are in a situation where it would be unsafe to make a call can all now use texting to get in touch with North Shore emergency dispatchers, according to a news release from the Bayside Communications Center last week.

Dispatchers stress that phone calls are still the preferred method of getting in touch with emergency services, but some situations may make texting a worthy alternative, the news release said… READ MORE