UPDATE | 911 outage may not be completely over

Continued disruptions of 911 service in Kitsap County may continue, officials with Kitsap County Emergency Management said Friday.

Dave Rasmussen, spokesman for Kitsap County Emergency Management, said Washington state was hit by the wide-scale outage in the CenturyLink network, and some 911 service was restored early Friday.

“CenturyLink is continuing to work the problem. Until the restoration is complete, there is a chance that we could temporarily lose service,” Rasmussen added.

Authorities said that in an emergency, the public should first try calling 911.

If callers receive a busy signal or no service message, they should try a different phone, if available, to call 911.

If 911 is not working, officials say people should text 911, or call 360-308-5400.

To text 911, create a new text message with the numbers “911” in the “To” field. Send the location of the emergency, including city, and the type of emergency help needed — police, fire or medical — in the first message.

Officials said text messages should be brief and concise. Type complete words with no abbreviations, and stay with your phone and be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from 911 call takers.

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