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Verizon outage may prevent 911 calls in Richmond County

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Verizon outage may prevent 911 calls in Richmond County William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

ROCKINGHAM — Outages for one of the largest cellular networks could interrupt emergency communications, according to county officials.

County Manager Bryan Land issued a statement just before noon Thursday warning that a Verizon Wireless across the southeast “may prevent customers from various phone

carriers from reaching 911.”

Any customer unable to reach the Richmond County 911 Center by dialing the three-digit emergency number should call the 10-digit emergency line at 910-997-5081.

A map on Verizon’s website shows outages in major southeastern cities, including: Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; and  Columbia, Charleston, Anderson and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

There are numerous outages reported in North Carolina, as well: Fayetteville, Charlotte, Gastonia, Greensboro, Cameron, Raleigh, Cary, Clayton, Hickory, Moncure, New Bern, Swansboro, Asheville, Denver and Louisburg.