On October 6, 2016, the State of North Dakota announced the statewide availability of Text to 9-1-1.
The Red River Regional Dispatch Center is able to accept Text to 9-1-1 calls from North Dakota.
Text to 9-1-1 should only be used in an emergency situation when placing a call to 911 is not possible.
It is important to note for callers in the Red River Regional Dispatch Center area that Text to 9-1-1 is not available in Minnesota. The state of Minnesota is working on a statewide launch of Text to 9-1-1 and expecting to go live in the coming months. Currently, if a text is sent to 9-1-1 from Minnesota, the texter will receive a message that Text to 9-1-1 is unavailable. If a text is sent from North Dakota near the Minnesota/North Dakota border and the text happens to go through a cell tower in Minnesota, the texter may also receive a message that Text to 911 is unavailable.
For more information on Text to 9-1-1, please visit the ND 911 Association website at https://911.nd.gov/
Remember – Call if you can. Text if you can’t.