Call When You Can...Text When You Can't

The Attorney General, the State’s new Chief Technology Officer, the Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, the Director of the New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Rutgers officials announced the statewide implementation of a new “Text-to-9-1-1” system and introduce a promotional video to drive home the important message of “Call When You Can… Text When You Can’t.”

Text to 9-1-1 allows individuals to contact emergency services for assistance by text instead of voice calling. Rutgers is hosting the roll-out event to help reach its own community of students, faculty and staff – and to highlight the university’s role in dispatching all Text-to-9-1-1 messages for residents of Middlesex County. Representatives of the State’s Division of Deaf and Hard of Hearing will be on hand to highlight efforts to alert those with hearing loss that they now can reach emergency assistance through Text to 9-1-1.