Some 9-1-1 Outages, 25% of Cell Towers Down from Hurricane Sandy (10/31/12)
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | Comments

Hurricane Sandy caused a small number of 9-1-1 outages and took down at least one-quarter of the affected area’s cell-phone towers, said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, according to press reports. He said the communications situation could get worse before restoration efforts kick in because of continued rain and flooding.

Calls to the 9-1-1 centers that are down are being rerouted to backup or alternate dispatch centers but location and other information might not be displayed with all 9-1-1 calls, Genachowski said. He urged citizens to use 9-1-1 only for emergencies.

Millions of residents in the affected region are without power, said press reports. Genachowski said about 25 percent of residents don’t have cable TV or Internet service.

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