911 outage originated 140 miles away

911 outage originated 140 miles away

Mark Young | Bradenton Herald

A widespread outage of 911 emergency services on Jan. 31 that affected Manatee County and the rest of the Tampa Bay area originated in Clewiston, on the southwest shore of Lake Okeechobee, almost 140 miles away.

The outage affected seven counties and multiple municipalities, sending officials into scramble mode to find alternative ways to respond to the outage. Manatee County alerted residents using the Code Red system, offering alternate numbers to call while the city of Bradenton resorted to social media and press releases to get the information out as quickly as possible…(Read the full story)

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