App gives a heads up

To the Editor,

Was anyone caught off guard August 13 due to South 11th Street in Weirton being closed for maintenance? Did you know there was an emergency water conservation alert in New Cumberland on August 14? How about the closing of Greenbrier Road in Weirton for maintenance on August 15? Did everyone see the announcement that Mon Power will have helicopters in the area over the next several weeks checking their power lines? Surely, you all saw and read that the gas lines on West Street are being replaced over the next four weeks.

There was also an emergency water service interruption on Weirton Heights and Marland Heights Road received maintenance on Thursday. In addition, to further complicate things, US 22 was closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Aug. 20 to 22 and will be again on Monday.

Alerts and notifications were put out for each of the problems that I described, and you could have received them all in a timely manner. There will be many more notifications in the future, such as school closings or delays due to weather that you will want to know about.

Moreover, it is all possible through a free downloadable application to both your Android and iPhone devices. The app is called “Heads Up Hancock” and is available to anyone wishing to have real time information at their fingertips that could affect their daily life.

We all need to stay abreast of what is currently happening in our community and with so many of us now relying on new technology to stay informed, it makes perfect sense to reach out through the devices many of us now rely on. This application will benefit current residents of Hancock County as well as anyone traveling through our area for work, to visit family, etc. The information you need will be given out directly from the agencies dedicated to serving the public.

Current agencies using the application include: Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Hancock County Schools, Tomlinson/Grant Public Service District, Hancock/Oakland Public Service District, Weirton Area Water Board, Weirton Sanitary Board, Hancock County Office of Emergency Management, Hancock County 911, New Cumberland Volunteer Fire Department, Weirton Medical Center, East Liverpool City Hospital, Newell Fire Department, City of New Cumberland.

Invited agencies: Weirton Transit, City of Weirton All Departments, City of Chester All Departments, Ergon, Shell, Beaver Valley Power Station, Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department, Chester Volunteer Fire Department, New Manchester Volunteer Fire Department, Oakland Volunteer Fire Department, Homer Laughlin China.

To sign up for this, simply search “Heads up Hancock” in the Google Play Store or the Apple Store, click on download and follow the directions.

Ralph A. Fletcher

Hancock County Sheriff