Emergency Communications Technician, Mike Salazar takes 911 calls at the Emergency Communications Center in Arlington. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

“It’s hard to imagine that airlines can send text messages if your flight is delayed, but you can’t send a text message to 9-1-1 in an emergency,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement Wednesday. “The unfortunate truth is that the capability of our emergency response communications has not kept pace with commercial innovation.”

Don’t try to send out texts in your next emergency any time soon, though. The plan will likely take around five to 10 years to implement.