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Public Information OfficePhysical Address
5204 Bernard Drive
Roanoke, VA 24018
Phone: 540-772-2010Fax: 540-561-2854
Amy WhittakerPublic Information OfficerPhone: 540-772-2010
Gray CraigPublic Information ManagerPhone: 540-777-8579
Kaelyn SpicklerPublic Information SpecialistPhone: (540) 772-2179
- How can I receive information about Roanoke County news and events?
For the latest news, please visit our Media Room section for helpful links to news releases, online newsletters, Board of Supervisors meeting summaries, and our Notify Me service.
- Where can I find information about the Virginia Freedom of Information Act?
For information about Virginia Freedom of Information rights, requirements, and exemptions, visit their website.
- What is RoCo Alert?
RoCo Alert is a system used by Roanoke County public safety officials to deliver emergency notifications to residents and businesses impacted by, or in danger of being impacted by, an emergency or disaster. Officials within the Roanoke County Emergency Communications Center can activate RoCo Alert when needed for wide area disasters such as wildfires or storm damage and also for very local alerts for flooding or neighborhood emergencies.
- How does RoCo Alert work?
RoCo Alert uses the 9-1-1 Verizon telephone database to call and deliver a recorded message to all landline phone numbers in a specific geographic area within Roanoke County that may be affected by an emergency or disaster. In addition, residents can register VoIP telephones, cell phones, and an email address with an address location. Authorized public safety officials create an emergency area based on the location of an event and record a voice, email and/or text message notification. RoCo Alert sends the notification to phone numbers and email addresses assigned to locations within the emergency area.
- How do I get help setting up my account?
For assistance setting up your RoCo Alert account contact the Emergency Communications Center at (540) 562-3265 or email RoCo Alert Support.
- How do I add my cell phone, VoIP phone, and email address to RoCo Alert?
You may register your cellular number, VoIP telephone and email address online. Your data will not be shared or used for any purpose other than to receive public safety notifications from Roanoke County public safety officials. It is important to note that your email address will serve as a unique record “ID”, and can only be associated with one physical address in the system.
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