If you need help in Butler County but can't call 911 for some reason, now you can send a text. The Butler County Sheriff's Office says it is now capable of receiving text messages from "most areas of Butler County" requesting emergency services.

Verizon users can now text 911 for emergency help in Hamilton County.

The county Department of Communications says texted messages for help should only be used if someone is hearing or speech impaired or if you're unable to make a voice call like in the case of a home invasion.