Roanoke County to test ‘RoCo Alert’ to residents’ phones this week

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ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke County’s Emergency Communications Center will test the RoCo Alert emergency notification system this Thursday morning.

At approximately 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, the alert will automatically call certain residents to test the “reverse 9-1-1-like” system. However, the test will only be conducted in eastern Roanoke County and will include residents in Vinton and Mount Pleasant.

The RoCo Alert system is activated by Roanoke County’s public safety agencies which include Police, Fire and Rescue, or the Sheriff’s Office when there is an imminent threat to life and/or property in situations like local flooding, wildfire notices, severe weather alerts, evacuation notices, or other instances where public safety is a concern.

Residents can sign up optional cell phone numbers, email addresses, and additional County addresses to their notifications.

If residents have not yet signed up for the free service, they are encouraged to do so by visiting

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