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You can now text 911 if you are unable to call during an emergency in Washtenaw County.

Calling is still considered the best option in most cases because it is quicker, but texting can be used if you are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech impaired, or when speaking out loud could put you in danger.

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Metro Dispatch Center partnered with the county’s 911 centers after voters passed the Emergency Communication Mileage. The center developed protocols for months and began testing the service in November 2021…