CELINA — Mercer County Central Dispatch will be able to receive 9-1-1 text messages beginning Monday.
Calling is preferred and is much more efficient, according to a news release from Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey. Dispatch only sees a general location of the cellphone, which means the person texting needs to give an address or directions. Also, those texting should be very clear about the emergency, avoid slang and send text only. There is a 160-character limit per message.
If the cellphone is out of range of cell towers in Mercer County, a message will advise the person to call instead.
The news release stated Mercer County is the ninth Ohio county to offer this service.