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Indiana is one of the nation’s leaders when it comes to texting 911 for emergency help.

TAll but four of Indiana’s 92 counties have signed on to a system that allows cellphone users to text 911.

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Lake, Jasper, Marion and Ripley counties are the holdouts.

Only Vermont and Maine have all counties accepting text messages to 911. Fifteen other states have a few counties each that participate in the “Text to 911” system.

A federal order required all wireless carriers and text-messaging providers to allow users to send texts to 911 dispatchers by the end of 2014.

Communications officials say calling is still best but that text messages are useful when a person has a hearing or speech impairment or when it’s unsafe to speak.