Allegheny County to expand 'alert' service with health, public works information

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Allegheny County will send out free, non-emergency notifications about news from its Public Works and Health departments to interested residents, the county announced this morning.

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald first announced the launch of a service called Allegheny Alerts in April, when he said people who sign up could receive alerts regarding the county's Parks Department and Kane Regional Centers.

"We have nearly 1,300 people who have taken advantage of this service and are receiving alerts about the things that interest them," Mr. Fitzgerald said in a statement today. "With the addition of these two departments, we can continue to be more customer friendly and provide information that can help you better plan your workdays, weekends, holidays and outings, and know what's going on in your part of the county."

Information from the Health Department will include information such as restaurant closures and openings. The Public Works Department will send out information about county roads and bridges.

People who are interested in receiving the messages, through email, text message or voice message, can sign up at

The county expects additional departments will be added to the alerts program later this year.

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