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Mayor Bowser to Launch Text to 911 in Washington, DC

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
DC Residents Urged to Call 911 When They Can, Text 911 When They Can’t

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Wednesday, June 14, at 10:30 am., Mayor Muriel Bowser will launch Text to 911, a new service by the Office of Unified Communications (DC 911) for DC residents to request emergency services through texting. Text to 911 will improve accessibility for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, have a speech disability, or if a voice call to 911 might be dangerous or impossible.

Text to 911 is a part of the Back to Basics DC campaign, a celebration of the day-to-day work that keeps Washington, DC going. Mayor Bowser will continue to highlight the work of DC government employees, showcase innovations in service delivery, and share information about how the community can help the government keep Washington, DC a great place to call home.


Wednesday, June 14, at 10:30 am


Mayor Muriel Bowser
Deputy Mayor Kevin Donahue, Public Safety and Justice
Karima Holmes, Director, Office of Unified Communications
Peter Newsham, Chief, Metropolitan Police Department
Gregory Dean, Chief, Fire and EMS


Library Express
1990 K Street, NW
(Entrance is on 20th Street, NW, between K and I Streets)
Open Press
*Closest Metro: Farragut West Metro Station*

Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected]. To view the event online, visit or tune in on Channel 16 (DCN).