Hays County is coordinating a countywide effort to help the public have access to official information during emergency situations in Hays County. Internet users can now visit www.HaysInformed.com when a major emergency occurs to get updates on the situation. Authorized users from the county, cities, school districts, law enforcement, fire and EMS departments will be able to post information about major emergency events so that residents and visitors can get real-time information about what is going on.
website will be used to post information about major emergencies, including
issues that affect schools, but not minor or scheduled street closings or
signal light issues and the like. Each authorized jurisdiction and agency,
including the on-scene commander for major situations, will be able to post
information from the scene, from an office or by the side of the road quickly
and efficiently. It will also make it easier for response agencies that do not
have public information staff to post information.
feature of the new website is that by using an RSS feed, other entities can
link to the information, helping to ensure that official information is shared
and lessening the occurrence of inaccurate information and rumors being spread
via social media. The County will soon begin publicizing the website via bumper
stickers, sending information home with school children and at other venues
where the public congregates.
Emergency responders see this as an advantage
for people traveling within our county from one community to another and for
persons who might be traveling through the county when an emergency situation
is occurring. Rather than try to visit websites or phone various jurisdictions,
the information will be in one place and easy to review. People will be able to
tell if roads are blocked, schools are locked down or if an area is being
evacuated, and know what action officials are asking them to take.