Walton County recently became the first in the Florida Panhandle to enable people in need to send a text message to 911 and be answered by a trained 911 operator.

There are only six counties in the entire state that have provided this emergency service so far.

As personal technology has become an important part of many of our daily lives, the ability to call for help when needed is taken for granted, but what about those situations where a voice call is impractical? At a concert or some other event where the noise is too loud to be heard? Or you are not able to speak or be heard? If you are in Walton County, you can simply send a text message to the phone number 911 and it will be answered to get you the help you need.

Call if you can… Text if you can’t!