Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Texting 911

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Question: Good morning Mayor,

I have a very important question. Are you able to text 911 in N.J? Because if g-d forbid there is a shooting, you won’t be able to call because they will hear you.

Thank you,
A concerned resident
PS: Thank you for being the best mayor!

Response from Mayor Coles: Good afternoon,

I checked with the chief & there is no 911 text function right now. He said that in an emergency, dial 911 and just leave the phone open. They will be able to identify your location & send help.



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There are 7 Comments to "Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Texting 911"

  • the truth says:

    To the best of my knowledge NJ has 911 texting enabled.
    Please check this link for more information,
    Thank you.

  • shlomo says:

    It seems your right,I checked the link. Maybe the mayor made a mistake?

  • Personally Seeen says:

    I don’t mean to contradict anyone, however, I have personally been in 911 Ocean County Sheriff call center (where all 911 calls are routed through) and they indeed to receive 911 texts. (I’ve watched them come in – mostly people checking of it works…). While it’s possible Lakewood is not hooked up with the texting system (that I do not know) if you text, a county dispatch will indeed receive your text.

  • chaim says:

    Iam confused the mayor says no but sheriff says yes.
    You can check the link the first person the guy wrote-it is very informative.

  • Eli g says:

    Yes 911 sms works my kids tried it and I got a call back.

    • me says:

      That is so dumb! The whole reason for texting is that you don’t want your phone to ring or make noise! You should have gotten a text back!

  • Wow says:

    What’s stupid is allowing anyone to use the 9-1-1 for anything besides an emergency. Kids being kids isn’t an excuse.