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If you can’t make voice calls, there’s an emergency SMS service you can use. You have to register before you can use it, so it's best to do that before you need it.
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What if you can’t make voice calls?

If you can’t make voice calls, there’s an emergency SMS service. Send a text to 999. This works on all mobiles in the UK, but not abroad. Here’s how to register and find out more.

Please only use this for real emergencies.

Text clearly with:

  • which service you need (police, fire, ambulance or coastguard)
  • briefly WHAT the emergency is
  • WHERE it is.

Don’t assume that your message has been received until you get one back.

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