LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Angelenos may soon be able to text 911 in case of an emergency.

The Federal Communications Commission wants to include texts in a plan to update emergency response systems nationwide. Officials say texting technology will allow people to send messages, photos and videos to first responders.

The FCC began looking into an updated plan after the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007 when trapped students couldn’t text 911.

Officials say there is no launch date for the new plan has been set.


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