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911 outages reported in Nevada, Nebraska and South Dakota

911 services crashed in at least three states Wednesday night.

Several municipalities in Nevada and Nebraska, as well as all of South Dakota, reported emergency power outages.

Services also appeared to be down at the same time, with Las Vegas police first reporting that 911 calls were not reaching dispatchers.


Las Vegas' approximately 656,000 residents were urged to text 911 instead, but some services remained uninterrupted.
Las Vegas’ approximately 656,000 residents were urged to text 911 instead, but some services remained uninterrupted. LVPD/X

“Dial 911 on your mobile device. We’ll verify your number and call you right back,” Las Vegas Metro Police said. He spoke at 7:30 p.m. local time.

“911 calls from landlines are not working at this time.”

Las Vegas’ approximately 656,000 residents were urged to text 911 instead, but some services remained uninterrupted.

Nearby City of Henderson reported the same outagebut like Las Vegas, it was unable to provide a deadline for resuming service.

Buffalo County and Kearny City Emergency Call Center in Nebraska Power outages have also been reported. However, it did not specify the extent to which service would be disrupted, instead asking those in need to dial a different non-emergency number.


Several municipalities in Nevada and Nebraska, as well as all of South Dakota, reported emergency power outages.
Several municipalities in Nevada and Nebraska, as well as all of South Dakota, reported emergency power outages. Bartek – Stock.adobe.com

South Dakota was the only state to confirm the power outage affected the entire state, meaning nearly 910,000 people were unable to call 911 as of Wednesday night.

The Rapid City Police Department emphasized that 911 calls affect all South Dakotans and warned people to stop testing whether their calls will get through.

“Pennington County 911 has been inundated with 911 calls from residents who are ‘testing the system.’ The phones themselves will not connect, but the dispatcher will be able to identify the person trying to call and the caller’s phone number. You can check the number. the police said.

“Every time we call 911, we get a call back from dispatch, but the workload generated by unnecessary calls hampers efforts to get the right resources where they are needed.

“Do not call 911 unless you have an actual emergency.”

The cause of the widespread power outage and why only three states were affected was not clear Wednesday.

South Dakota is connected to Nebraska by its southern border, but Nevada is approximately 1,000 miles from both.

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