Emergency text (SMS)

Sending an SMS message to 999

The emergency SMS service lets deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired people in the UK send an SMS text message to the UK 999 service where it will be passed to the police, ambulance, fire rescue, or coastguard.

Simply by sending an SMS message to 999 you can call for help and the emergency services will be able to reply to you.

You will need to register your mobile phone before using the emergency SMS service - full details can be found on the emergency SMS website.

Please note that Emergency SMS is not the same as the Next Generation Text system.