| News

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Pittsburgh gives tentative OK to expanding emergency alert system

Daily Photo Galleries

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 4:28 p.m.

Pittsburgh could soon be able to alert residents of emergencies via cell phone, email and text message.

City Council on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to legislation sponsored by Corey O'Connor requiring the Department of Public Safety to create the alert system.

Pittsburgh already has the capability to notify residents of emergencies via landline telephone calls, though it has not had to do so, according to Raymond DeMichiei, deputy director of emergency management.

Council has budgeted $50,000 to $100,000 for the expanded system, but won't know the exact cost until receiving bids from contractors. O'Connor said the money would likely come from a combination of operating and capital money.

Under the legislation, which is scheduled for a final vote next week, residents would be required to sign up through the city's website or by the 311 non-emergency line.

Messages would be sent to caregivers of residents who are unable to receive them, O'Connor said.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.




Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Rossi: Pirates’ post-Martin plan comes with a catch or 2
  2. Blue Jays’ Martin has ‘nothing but praise’ for former Pirates teammates
  3. Penguins need trade-deadline acquisitions to bring toughness
  4. Spirit Airlines to add daily flights from Arnold Palmer airport to Chicago
  5. ‘Big Mo’ ranks with A-K’s gridiron greats
  6. As tastes change, food giants try hipster guises
  7. Concurrent Technologies focuses on developing batteries for renewable energy, electric cars
  8. Artist born without arms, legs gives Hampton students peek into her world
  9. Unity planners OK proposal for Route 30 retail development
  10. Petraeus, Justice Department reach plea deal on secret info given to mistress
  11. Discipline imposed for ‘Fifty Shades’ flub