Roll-out for a new program that would allow people to text 911 instead of call is expected to be available all across Iowa  by this Summer!

According to CBS2/FOX28, this new program is called Text-to-911. "It will allow citizens who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired to still be able to contact 911 in an emergency through text message."

However, access will be limited to certain cell phone carriers as not all have this texting capability. As of right now, carriers with this option include: AT&T, i-Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobil, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon.

This is something that I have been waiting for, for a long time. With all the advances in technology, it's great that it is finally being integrated into our public services sector. I think it's going to greatly improve our already wonderful emergency response teams here in Cedar Rapids and across the state!

[SOURCE: CBS2/FOX28]