You can now text 911 in an emergency in Delaware and Maryland. Starting today, you can send messages from your mobile device to request emergency services. Officials say Text for 9-1-1 is ideal for if you’re in a situation where its not safe to place a 9-1-1 call, emergency scenarios where the person is deaf or has a speech disability, or a medical situation that makes you unable to speak. However, the new service will not be available everywhere, and voice calls are still the quickest and most reliable option to report an emergency. When texting, keep messages short and use simple words, and DON’T use slang or emojis, or send photos or videos.