Don't press the big red buttom on the wall!

Sean Donelan sean at
Mon Aug 29 21:51:29 UTC 2016

See that big red button on the wall under the sign "Do Not Push This 

DC 911 outage caused by contractor error

WASHINGTON — D.C. is now operating two separate 911 centers after a power 
outage caused by human error left the nation’s capital without any 
emergency phone service for almost an hour on a busy weekend night.

A contractor working Saturday night inadvertently pulled an emergency 
power shut off switch that cut electricity to the 911 phone system and a 
call routing system at the District’s Unified Communications Center, said 
the center’s Director Karima Holmes.

“Unfortunately because it was human error we weren’t prepared for it,” 
Holmes said.


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