Were you one of the hundreds left not knowing where to go, what to do after this last flood in Dearborn Heights? Were you left not hearing from City officials? Were you trying to find information on your computer and could find nothing? Welcome to the City of Dearborn Heights where you won’t find any form of communication besides the very traditional. Newspapers, and if the Mayor can get his face on a news program and you just so happen to be watching that channel you might get some information there. Other than that you’re ‘SOL’ the City of Dearborn Heights fell short no I dare say the City failed during the flood event. While the flooding event was historic and affected a very large area those of us living in Dearborn Heights don’t care how big of an area this flood affected our concern is with our City.
What residents need is the City using all ways of communication available to them to communicate with the residents. One of those ways is Facebook here is what Dearborn put up on that City’s Facebook Page the day of the flood and day after the flood. Council If you don’t think that people care about information just look at the number of shares on the post below. That post was shared 110 times. For you that don’t understand what that means 110 people shared this information on their own Facebook page spreading the word. Council and Mayor please go to Dearborns Facebook Page and see for yourselves how this is being used as a way to inform that City Residents. It’s not the only way they inform their residents. Councilman Berry you say you want to do this, but want to make sure you get it right. This is a very good example of a City getting it right and right next door to us. Not some other state. The residents didn’t have to go before the council in Dearborn and get insulted and called names because they wanted a Facebook page. I’m sure that most residents of Dearborn don’t even go to City’s Facebook page. That’s not the point the point is they are using it to inform and yes promote that City.
From Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton
The Dearborn Heights communication/social media/ civic engagement study session will be Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 7:00 p.m., 6045 Fenton, Dearborn Heights. I have invited Robin Pierman, a specialist in communication & municipalities. She will be presenting a program on benefits, the how’s & why’s of social media use by local governments.
Residents of Dearborn Heights if you in any way want to make sure that the next time there’s a flood that you can get a text message alert. Something you can sign up for from Nixle if the City only offered that to you. If you as a resident would like to see the City have a Facebook Page where you could get information that could help you. Then you need to be at the September 30,2014 study session. That’s not all if you would like to watch the City council meetings online. If you would like an E-Newsletter then please show up to the meeting. I know we are all busy I know it’s a pain to go there, but it’s worth the effort to make sure they see there are more than a handful of residents asking for these things.