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In 2017, Harvey County Communications debuted the ability to receive and communicate in emergencies through text messaging.

Text to 911 allows an individual to submit information about an incident to dispatch by texting a message to 911. 

The feature has a simple edict: Call if you can, text if you can't. Calling in a report is still the most efficient method to relay information to Communications. However, there could be reasons why texting is the necessary option, when a person is unable to speak given their circumstances.

When using the service, be as straightforward as possible. Do not use abbreviations or emojis. 

Text to 911 is also available in all the counties that surround Harvey, including Butler, Marion, McPherson, Reno and Sedgwick counties.