Emergency text message
A national emergency text messaging service called emergencySMS
is currently being trialled in the UK.
EmergencySMS lets people who are deaf, hard of hearing or who
have speech difficulties send an SMS text message to the 999
service where it will be passed on to police, fire rescue,
ambulance or coastguard services.
Essex Police recommends using the service if you are unable to
phone police in an emergency. However to do so, you must have
registered your mobile phone beforehand. You can do this at the
The service should only be used by people who are unable to
contact the emergency services in any other way as it can take
longer than more traditional methods.
You can find out how the service works and how to register on
the emergencySMS website.
Essex Police service
From January 1, 2011 Essex Police is de-commissioning the
emergency text service.
To continue to have access to the emergency services please
ensure you have registered with the national emergency text service
When your registration is complete please delete the Essex
Police number from your mobile phone.
If you have any queries please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org