Useful app available to area residents

New smartphone applications hit the market daily, and although many of these apps have no significant value to our everyday lives, there’s one, locally, many area residents may want to check out.

Fourteen area agencies throughout Hancock County are participating in the “Heads Up Hancock” smartphone application, a program that gives them the ability to issue alerts in a timely manner to the public.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department received a $30,000 grant from the West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey to help cover the purchase and start-up costs. And the county will pay an annual fee, depending on the number of downloads, for the costs of maintenance and hosting.

Those involved, locally, include the Tomlinson, Grant and Hancock County public service districts, Hancock County Office of Emergency Management, Hancock County 911, Newell and New Cumberland volunteer fire departments, Hancock County Commission, and the cities of Chester and New Cumberland, as well as some Weirton-area entities.

The app allows users to view notifications either in a list or on a map. Events such as road closures, water interruptions, storm warnings, and public notices are among some of the items in which users would receive notification.

We salute these agencies for their participation as well as the sheriff’s office and the commission for making this important app available to the residents that call Hancock County home.