Facebook selected just 25 pages to be included in the local alerts trial. Ottawa County was one of them.
Since August of 2018, Ottawa County his been beta testing a new feature on Facebook: Local Alerts. Local alerts enable Ottawa County to provide the community with time-sensitive, essential information. With the extreme weather over the past month, the tool has proven itself particularly helpful.
Local Alerts can be used at the County’s discretion, and so far, they have been employed for beach hazards, road conditions, severe weather and building closures. Most recently, a Facebook Local Alert was sent during a Monday morning power outage impacting services at the Ottawa County Fillmore Street Complex.