By Patricia Sullivan, The Washington Post
Fairfax Countyâ€™s 911 emergency center operated at just half capacity Monday as Verizon struggled to figure out why both its primary and backup power systems failed after Friday nightâ€™s storm and left much of Northern Virginia without 911 service through the weekend.
Callers with medical and safety emergencies caused by soaring temperatures, power outages and downed electric cables received either rapid busy signals, recorded messages saying the line was inoperative or dead silence, even after Verizonâ€™s service was restored, local officials said.
The loss of power from both primary and backup systems, according to Harry J. Mitchell, Verizonâ€™s director of public relations, damaged the companyâ€™s computer hardware and software and caused other mechanical problems in a chain reaction that has perplexed and alarmed state and local governments.
â€œIt is understandable that something like this could happen, but shouldnâ€™t there be some redundancy or backup to keep 911 up and running?â€ said Sharon Bulova (D), chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. â€œItâ€™s not acceptable for the regionâ€™s 911 system to go down.â€
Bulova and other elected officials are asking the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to set up an investigative task force.
Corey A. Stewart (R), chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, called the 911 outage â€œshockingâ€ and â€œunacceptable.â€
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