Heads Up Mercer County App Available to Public

PRINCETON, WV, May 27, 2015: BLUEFIELD - The City of Bluefield, the Bluefield Police Department, in conjunction with Mountain State Computer & Networking Solutions (MSCNS) is proud to formally announce the launch of “Heads-Up Mercer County,” a uniform emergency and disaster notification system available as a smart phone application.

“Heads-Up Mercer County is another wonderful, new tool that can be used on a personal device to better communicate with citizens,” said City Manager Dane Rideout. “Not only is it beneficial for the City of Bluefield, but for agencies across the county. Our thanks go to the Bluefield Police Department for leading the charge to have this app available to the residents of Mercer County.”

Mercer County Schools will utilize the free App as a parent information notification device in conjunction with our School Messenger phone service notification, our posting of delays and closings on the West Virginia Department of Education website as well as the Mercer County Schools website, and our local television and radio notifications.

The public launch took place on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Board Room at City Hall at 200 Rogers Street.

Heads-Up Mercer County is a single app that provides users with critical information in the event of an emergency or disaster incidents. It also provides information in multiple areas such as school closings, boil water advisories, major traffic accidents, and other such emergency situations. It was developed based on the model of “Heads-Up Huntington” with the assistance of MSCNS.

“Working with the folks in Huntington to develop this app has been a great experience,” said Police Chief Dennis Dillow. “We are excited to bring this great resource, developed in West Virginia, here to Mercer County.”

The app is a one-of-a-kind product and is a custom scripted software application. App users have the ability to select which notifications are important to them, as well as the data entry delegate to discern the priority level at which information is sent out. The app is free to the public, and is available in the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. To download the App, via Internet, please visit www.headsupapp.io.