9-1-1 Emergency Communications
Sedgwick County Emergency Communications has the capability to accept text messages for emergency assistance. Text-to-911 is available for those individuals who cannot safely make a voice call to 911 in an emergency. Sedgwick County Emergency Communications has worked in conjunction with the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council to bring this service to the county.
The best way to contact 911 is by making a voice call. Please only utilize the Text-to-911 service in emergency circumstances where a voice call is not possible or safe. Call if you can, text if you can't. Do not send a test text message to 911.
When to Call 9-1-1
- To report a medical emergency
- To report a fire
- To report a crime
- To report any activity that is harmful to a person, animal or property
- To report any suspicious activity that might result in harm to any person, animal or property.
When NOT to call 9-1-1
- To report power outages (unless medical equipment depends on power) or for your call to be transferred to the power company.
- To report downed tree limbs not presenting an immediate threat to life or property.
- To report loud noises or other nuisances - especially during peak times, such as holidays
- To report the use of legal fireworks
- To receive driving directions.
911 Release and Authorization
If you are interested in placing an alert on your address, for example a gate code or hidden key, then please complete the 911 Request and Release for Address Notation form and return it to Elora Forshee, firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail it to 714 N. Main, Wichita, KS 67203. Information submitted will only be provided to Public Safety First Responders and will remain confidential.