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Fairfax looking to add 911 texting service

Fairfax County is considering updating its 911 emergency system to accept text messages sent to 911, with four major carriers already on board.

Saturday - 03/09/2013, 08:26am EST

Tags: 911, texting, Sharon Bulova, fcc

Va. commission says 911 outage was avoidable

A state commission says the 911 outage in Northern Virginia after last summer's derecho was caused by Verizon's failure to perform necessary maintenance.

Thursday - 01/17/2013, 05:15pm EST

Tags: verizon, 911 outage,

FCC to Verizon: Derecho 911 outage 'unacceptable'

A disruption in emergency services during the June derecho could been avoided. That is the finding of the Federal Communications Commission after looking into the Verizon outage that left more than 1 million people without 911 services.

Friday - 01/11/2013, 05:16am EST

Tags: verizon, fcc,

911 failures in D.C. region found over past 2 years

The Washington region's 911 emergency network has suffered widespread failures over the past two years according to a new analysis.

Sunday - 12/02/2012, 04:59pm EST

Tags: 911 outage,

911 still vulnerable to powerful storms

Two massive storms in the past five months have caused widespread outages and even an emergency system failure. The question now: Does new technology leave people more vulnerable to emergency system failures and the dangers that go with them?

Monday - 11/19/2012, 08:12am EST

Tags: superstorm Sandy, Hank Silverberg, Hurricane Sandy, verizon, 911

Report criticizes Verizon response to 911 failure

A draft report presented to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Wednesday recommends a series of changes in response to the June derecho that knocked out the 911 system in Northern Virginia.

Wednesday - 11/14/2012, 05:43pm EST

Tags: verizon, 911 outage, storms, Council of Governments

Few lingering effects from Sandy in Washington D.C.

Government workers packed onto commuter trains and tourists flocked to the National Mall on Wednesday in the nation's capital, where there were few signs of the dangerous hybrid storm that blew through 36 hours before.

Wednesday - 10/31/2012, 04:26pm EDT

Tags: Sandy, pepco, Potomac River,

New Md. traffic safety laws coming Oct. 1

One new Maryland law requires drivers to stop at dark intersections. The other changes the requirements involving child safety seats.

Wednesday - 09/26/2012, 03:43am EDT

Tags: AAA Mid-Atlantic, traffic safety, dick uliano, Lon Anderson, Maryland General Assembly

Utilities: 24-hour power restoration not realistic

Unless utilities fundamentally change how they distribute energy, they won't be able to restore power to all customers within 24 hours after a hurricane-like storm, officials told Maryland regulators on Thursday.

Friday - 09/14/2012, 03:29am EDT

Tags: PSC, Maryland Public Service Commission, power outages, pepco, bge, utilities


Virginia investigates 911 phone system failure

The failure of a large portion of the region's 911 emergency system after the derecho in June has produced another investigation.

Tuesday - 09/11/2012, 04:08pm EDT

Tags: 911 outage, fcc

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