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Fairfax County is considering updating its 911 emergency system to accept text messages sent to 911, with four major carriers already on board.
A disruption in emergency services during the June derecho could been avoided. That is the finding of the Federal Communications Commission after looking into the Verizon outage that left more than 1 million people without 911 services.
The failure of a large portion of the region's 911 emergency system after the derecho in June has produced another investigation.
David Turetsky, chief of Public Safety and Homeland Security for the FCC, told the commissions on Thursday that the investigation will also look at ways to improve the system like texting and the next generation of 911 service.