Texting 9-1-1 is not universal in Illinois with Clinton County being one of the few counties that offer the service to wireless telephone users.
So will Bond County be offering text-to-9-1-1 in the future?
The answer is yes, according to Bond County 9-1-1 Coordinator Allan Davis.
Bond County’s current 9-1-1 equipment will not support text-to-9-1-1.
Davis hopes new 9-1-1 equipment will in use sometime next year. He reported the State of Illinois has indicated it will have a state bid program for counties needing to buy new 9-1-1 equipment.
Davis said one issue still being addressed with the text-to-9-1-1 system is making sure any message texted to 9-1-1 is a priority call.
Text-to-9-1-1 should be used only in an emergency and when a voice call is not an option. Once again, it is currently only available in this area in Clinton County, however text messages sent from near the edges of the county may not reach the Clinton County 9-1-1 center as they might go to towers outside the county.