23/11/2022

Help US public safety teams find you faster by learning to share your what3words address.

How to share a what3words address in an emergency

  1. Open the free what3words app
  2. Tap the Locate Me icon
  3. The what3words address for your current location will be displayed at the top of the screen.
  4. Read out the three words to your emergency call taker.

For example, if you were lost in Griffith Park and the what3words app displayed the words ///scores.eagle.comb – you could call 911 and simply say: ‘My what3words address is scores eagle comb’. The call taker will use the what3words address to see exactly where you are and send help. The what3words app works offline – ideal for areas with unreliable data connection.

Remember: always gather as much location information as you can in an emergency in case what3words addresses aren’t accepted.

What is what3words?

what3words has divided the globe into 10 ft squares and given each one a unique three word identifier. It means any precise location can be communicated with just three words.

For example, ///narrate.optical.carry will take you to Arizona’s Horseshoe Bend overlook of the Colorado River.

As well as the free app for iOS and Android , what3words is available online at what3words.com

Which services in my state use what3words?

The following US public safety teams have confirmed they accept and use what3words. This is not a comprehensive list, as what3words is also available to over 4,800 Emergency Communications Centers across the US via RapidSOS, CAD vendors and other tools.

If your local force isn’t on this list, you can reach out to ask them if they’ve heard of what3words or contact us directly.

Alabama:

  • Baldwin County 911
  • Blount County 911
  • Cullman County Fire Rescue
  • Cullman County Emergency Medical Services
  • Cullman County Sheriff’s Office
  • St. Clair County E-911
  • Eufaula Police Department
  • Elmore County Sheriff’s Office

Alaska:

  • Skagway Fire Department

Arizona:

  • Valley Emergency Communication Center
  • Avondale Police Department

California:

  • Los Angeles City Fire Department
  • San Jose State University Police Department
  • Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office
  • Shasta Area Safety Communications Agency – SHASCOM 911
  • University of California Riverside Police Department
  • Fortuna Police Department
  • California State University Channel Islands Police Department
  • Atwater Police Department
  • Solano County Sheriff’s Office
  • Alameda Police Department
  • Livermore Police Department
  • Galt Police Department
  • California State University Chico Police Department
  • Brentwood Police Department
  • University of California San Diego Police Department
  • Indio Police Department
  • Riverside Fire Department

Colorado:

  • Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office
  • El Paso County 911 District
  • Western Colorado Regional Dispatch Center – WestCO
  • Telluride Ski Resort
  • San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jackson County Sheriff’s Department
  • Gunnison Regional Communications Center
  • Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Florida:

  • Highlands County Sheriff
  • Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office
  • Indian River County Sheriff’s Office
  • St Johns County Sheriff’s Office

Georgia:

  • Decatur-Grady 911 Emergency Communications
  • Roswell 911 Emergency Communications Center
  • Walker County Emergency 911
  • Hall County 911

Idaho:

  • Elmore County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bingham County 911

Illinois:

  • Kankakee County Communications Center – KanComm

Indiana:

  • St. Joseph County 911 Center

Kansas:

  • Butler County 911 Emergency Communications
  • Cheyenne County 911 Cheyenne Communications
  • Harvey County Emergency Communications
  • Lyon County Emergency Communications Center
  • Mitchell County Communications
  • Rice County 911 Emergency Communications Center
  • Sedgwick County 911 Emergency Communications
  • Riley County Police Department
  • Chanute 911 Communications Center
  • Liberal/Seward County Emergency Communications
  • Franklin County Emergency Communication Center

Kentucky:

  • Jessamine County 911
  • Gallatin County 911 Communications
  • Pendleton County 911
  • Kentucky Police Department

Maine:

  • Penobscot Regional Communications Center

Massachusetts:

  • Natick Police Department
  • North Shore Regional 911 Center
  • Holbrook Regional Emergency Communications Center
  • Falmouth Communications Center
  • Southeastern Massachusetts Regional 911 District

Michigan:

  • Livingston County 911 Central Dispatch
  • Benzie County Central Dispatch
  • Gratiot County Central Dispatch
  • Calhoun County Consolidated Dispatch Authority

Missouri:

  • Boone County Joint Communications
  • Monett-Lawrence County 911 Center
  • Jasper County 911 Emergency Services
  • Dade County Emergency Services
  • Osage Beach Fire Protection District

Montana:

  • Chouteau County 911 Communications

New Jersey:

  • Mountain Valley Emergency Communications – MVECC
  • Morris County Communications Center

New Mexico:

  • Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

North Carolina:

  • Franklin County 911 Communications Center
  • Warren County E-911 Communications
  • Chatham County 911 Emergency Communications Center
  • Davidson County 911 Emergency Communications

North Dakota:

  • Grand Forks Public Safety Answering Point

Ohio:

  • Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Pennsylvania:

  • Allegheny County 911 Center
  • Berks 911 Communications Center

South Dakota:

  • Charles-Mix County Sheriff’s Office

Tennessee:

  • Jefferson County Alabama Consolidated 911 Center
  • Murfreesboro Emergency Communications Center
  • Brownsville-Haywood County Central Dispatch
  • Washington County Emergency Communications District

Texas:

  • North Central Texas Emergency Communications District – NCT911
  • Austin-Travis County EMS
  • Austin Fire Department
  • Austin Police Department
  • Dallas Police Department
  • Dallas Fire Rescue

Utah:

  • Summit County Sheriff’s Office
  • Tooele County Sheriff’s Office
  • Central Utah 911 Emergency Communications

Virginia:

  • Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center
  • Orange County Emergency Communications Center
  • Virginia Beach Emergency Communications – VB911
  • Richmond Ambulance Authority

Washington:

  • San Juan County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kittitas County 911 – KITTCOM
  • Walla Walla Emergency Services Communications – WESCOM

West Virginia:

  • Kanawha County Metro 911

Wisconsin:

  • Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Brown County 911 Center

Wyoming:

  • Wyoming Highway Patrol Communications Center

what3words-enabled software & tools used by US public safety teams

  • Sun Ridge RIMS
  • RapidDeploy Nimbus/Radius Plus
  • Southern Software
  • Enterpol
  • RapidSOS
  • Hexagon OnCall
  • Versaterm
  • Intterra
  • Adashi Systems
  • First Due
  • Mark43
  • Powerphone
  • IDNetworks
  • Keystone Public Safety
  • Geocomm
  • GeoConex
  • IamResponding
  • Smoke Point
  • Comtech SmartResponse
  • SOLOCAM/Guardian Map
  • Shotover Systems/Churchill Nav
  • WIFIRE
  • Intrado