Oregon Not Yet Accepting Text to 9-1-1
Text to 9-1-1 has recently come available in parts of the State of Washington. Oregon does not yet employ text to 9-1-1 from your cell phone. Oregon is currently under the practice of VOICE FIRST – should you attempt to send a text to 9-1-1 you will receive an immediate reply that you should contact emergency services by calling 9-1-1.
Oregon is working toward an upgrade to its current infrastructure to allow text to 9-1-1 messaging. The 75 cent emergency tax you pay per month for every device on your cell phone bill will help fund that upgrade.
Until text to 9-1-1 becomes available, you should ALWAYS make a voice call to 9-1-1 if you are able and safe to do so.