911 reportedly back online in Washington

Washington’s 911 centers are back online, according to the state’s Emergency Management Division, after an outage affected Washington and parts of Oregon early Thursday.

The state warned that “sporadic call routing difficulties may still occur.”

The 911 outage affected every county in Washington and had also impacted some locations in Oregon earlier this morning, according to CenturyLink.

As 911 centers statewide came back online throughout the morning, it was still unclear what caused the outage. The system appears to have gone down about 2:30 a.m.

“The state E911 office will be conducting an after-action review of this outage to determine its source and to identify ways to mitigate future outages,” Emergency Management officials said this morning.

Grays Harbor E911 Center Director Peggy Fouts added that CenturyLink is expected to conduct a review of the incident, as well. Fouts reminds Harborites that the 7-digit phone number for the dispatch center is in local phone books, often under “Community Service Numbers” in the white pages.

If you experience difficulties calling 911, Emergency Management also suggests dialing direct police and fire department numbers listed in the front of local phone directories, or you can use the following alternate emergency numbers for the Twin Harbors dispatch centers:

Grays Harbor: (360) 533-8765

Northern Pacific County: (360) 875-9397

Southern Pacific County: (360) 642-9397

Mason County: (360) 427-7761


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