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Get failure information from the Service Health Dashboard in the event of a region-wide failure

We will show you how to use the AWS Service Health Dashboard Notification Tool to receive region-wide failure information on the Service Health Dashboard through SNS, Slack, and etc.

Use Case

When we set up event notifications by linking Personal Health Dashboard and CloudWatch Events, we were only able to receive account-specific events.

AWS Health only sends account-specific events to CloudWatch Events. Region-wide issues listed in the Service Health Dashboard are public events and are not sent to CloudWatch Events.

How to receive region-wide notification on the Service Health Dashboard (SHD)?


In this article, the Personal Health Dashboard and CloudWatch Events integration does not send region-wide failure information.

Why didn’t I get notified of region-wide failures when I set up event notifications in the Personal Health Dashboard?

Let’s consider using the AWS service health dashboard notification tool.

The SHD notification tool uses a polling approach to send event information to SNS topics, Chime, and Slack each time SHD failure information is updated.

We will show you how to start using the tool below.

Step 1. Download and install shd-notifier

Run the following command to download and install shd-notifier.

$ git clone https://github.com/aws/aws-health-tools.git && cd aws-health-tools
$ git filter-branch --subdirectory-filter shd-notifier/ HEAD

Step 2. Set the notification destination endpoint and Webhook

Set endpoints and webhooks for event notification destinations (SNS topics, Chime, Slack).

We will set SNS to be the notification destination, so we created an SNS topic and make note of its ARN.

  • If you use Chime or Slack, please refer to the following URL to set the Webhook.

  • For Amazon Chime Webhook, refer to AWS documents additional Webhook of the chat room , and for Slack Webhook, refer to Slack web site use of Incoming Webhook in Slack.

Step 3. Deploy the CloudFormation stack

Deploy the CloudFormation stack provided by AWS.

Make sure the template is ready and you can see the URL in the Amazon S3 URL field, then click Next.

Enter the stack name and enter the parameters.

Explanation of each parameter is as follows:

  • AppName: Used as the base for Lambda function names created after stack deployment.

  • Bail: Allows you to choose whether to send a message if the SHD has no updates.

0 (Send "no update" messages every 15 minutes)
1 (Send messages only when a new update has been made)
  • ChatClient: Select the notification destination set in the previous step.

  • DEBUG: You can choose to enable debug settings.

0 (Disable Debugging)
1 (Enable Debugging)
  • EndpointArray: Enter the notification destination endpoint or webhook generated in the previous step.

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