And they did.
Morris Township needed a new website to respond to the increasing demands of crisis communication and now that new site is live, according to Morris Township Administrator Timothy Quinn.
“We’re really excited,” Quinn said.
A common thread being tugged on in town halls around New Jersey since the two hurricanes and the Halloween snowstorm struck is increased crisis communication and ease of access to information. Many towns took to the drawing board to come up with new ways in which to reach their residents.
One of the features Quinn was most excited about was the new “Notify Me” feature.
“This will allow residents to sign up to get an e-mail when certain things are updated on the site,” Quinn said. “If they want pool news, that is what they will get. But they also can be notified when agendas and minutes are posted. Things like that.”
Quinn also said when emergencies occur it will be easier for residents to get information.
“It will allow us to communicate during emergency situations like our annual 100-year storm which we should be having in about a month,” Quinn said.
Another feature on the site will be “Report a Concern.” This will allow residents to address issues they see in the community.
“It won’t be anonymous. They will need an e-mail address to use it,” Quinn said. “That way we can contact them.”
The Township is also planning to increase their presence on both Facebook and Twitter.