Text-to-911 service comes to Wrangell and Petersburg
September 9, 2021
It didn’t cost much, but adding text-to-911 service could be a big help in certain situations, said Wrangell Police Chief Tom Radke.
The new text service could be particularly useful for boaters in trouble who may not have a strong enough cell signal for voice but just enough to send a text, he said. Same thing for people in remote areas onshore in an emergency.
The software and equipment cost Wrangell about $4,000, Radke said last Friday. The service started up Sept. 1, after two or three weeks of testing.
Wrangell and Petersburg are the first boroughs in Alaska to offer text-to-911 serv...