July 17, 2013 News Release, Greene County Prison implementing emergency alert system, Greene County, Pennsylvania

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For Release: July 17, 2013

Contact: Harry D. Gillispie, Warden, Greene County Prison

WAYNESBURG, PA — The Greene County Prison is implementing an alert system that will notify county residents in the event of an emergency situation at the prison.

AMG Alerts of Chicago will offer mass emergency notifications to anyone who subscribes to the service. The agreement will cost $895 a year, but the service is free to the public.

The implementation of the emergency alert system follows last monthís escape of two inmates from the prison. An internal investigation into the escape yielded several changes to the prisonís policies and procedures.

County residents, especially those living within one to two miles of the prison on Rolling Meadows Road in Waynesburg, are encouraged to register for the alert system, according to Warden Harry D. Gillispie.

"Anyone can sign up, but this is primarily for people who live within a close proximity to the prison and want to receive immediate notification," said Gillispie, adding that an escape or a riot are examples of the types of emergency situations that will warrant an alert.

A link to an AMG Alerts registration page will be provided through the Countyís Web site at www.co.greene.pa.us. Subscribers will be asked to provide a first and last name, an e-mail address, and land line and mobile phone numbers. They can then select their notification preference: text message, e-mail or phone call. Click here to access Greene County Prison Alert System.

"The public will be responsible for keeping their information current," Gillispie said. "They can also unsubscribe at any time."

Gillispie and several other county officials will serve as administrators of the alert system, and a separate list of prison staff will be maintained to receive alerts as well. The system is capable of sending 500 notifications in less than a minute.

Anyone without Internet access may contact Gillispie to subscribe to the alert system.

For more information, call the Greene County Prison at 724-627-7780.

For general information, please contact the Information Services at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399.
County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370

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