AT&T reports nationwide disruption of 911 service

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AT&T is reporting sporadic 911 service disruptions nationwide. If you attempt to call 911, but cannot get through, call 911 via another cell carrier, use a landline to call 911 or call 301-279-8000 for emergency service. 

The Sentinel will provide more details as the story develops.


County searches for solutions in wake of 911 debacle

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Montgomery County officials say they want access to a federal alert system with a reach far beyond the County’s current system.

The County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is overseeing a federal application to gain access to the Wireless Emergency Alerts system administered through the Federal Communications Commission and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

According to OEMHS director Dr. Earl Stoddard, Montgomery County may become one of the first localities, if not the first, in Maryland to enter the system, which allows government officials to notify residents about imminent threats to safety, such as hurricanes and tornadoes.


“Our worst fear”

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Olney woman, Rockville man both die during countywide 911 outage


Two Montgomery County residents died during the two-hour outage of the County’s 911 system late night Sunday into early Monday, leading to a call for an investigation into what happened and how future outages can be prevented.

The deaths included a 91-year-old Olney woman and a 40-year-old Rockville man Marlon Somarriba. Fire and Rescue units responded to medical emergency calls for both of them during the outage, according to County Executive spokesperson Patrick Lacefield.

“You get into this field to prevent loss of life,” said Dr. Earl Stoddard, the director of the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. “So obviously in public safety, the life and safety of our residents is of primary concern and so when we see any fatalities that involve the 911 system, that is sort of our worst fear in public safety.”

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