Do You Live In Dearborn Heights? Tired Of Being Left In The Dark? Tired Of Not Getting Information?

No Communication In Dearborn Heights

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.

screen shot of Dearborn Facebook flood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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6 thoughts on “Do You Live In Dearborn Heights? Tired Of Being Left In The Dark? Tired Of Not Getting Information?”

  1. DH clerk can use social media to publish similar notice to DH residents. The clerk office can have a Facebook page, I hope the clerk will take the leadership and establish a Facebook page.

    “TEMPORARY POLITICAL SIGNS

    Election November 4, 2014

    With Election Day right around the corner, please see the requirements below for the placement of Temporary Political Signs. Village Ordinance Chapter 1276.03 (d).

    Temporary political signs may be erected on Private Property.
    Signs may not be placed in the road right of way (the space between the road and your property) or on Village property.
    In Non-Residential Districts political signs may not exceed twenty square feet in area or five feet in length.
    In Residential Districts political signs may not exceed ten square feet in area, three feet in height, and five feet in length.
    A maximum of seven such signs may be placed on a building or on a zoning lot.

    Please contact Village Hall at 248-624-1710 if you have any questions.”

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  2. Dex,
    Face-booking and tweeting will help the citizens to communicate and get involved to enhance city services. I agree with you that without the citizens involvement those social media avenues will not be of any help.

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  3. I am never in the dark, I am self sufficient and we should all strive for that, you should never count on anyone but yourself….blaming others for your lack of preparation is your responsibility alone…

    How many days could you survive if something really happened?

    If you all get together and create your own support system then this would not happen, Remember the old days of the Civil Defense when we relied in each other and not on a hand to feed us ?

    How many have fuel, generators, a supplemental energy source, collect and store waters..wake up and do the things that actually help…

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  4. If you think that having a better City is having a Twitter account or a Facebook page , then the propaganda has gone to your head….with all the wrong things in DH like roads, high taxes, no industry, poor water etc….a Facebook page wont bring this or any other city to the future….this could be done by citizens….STOP asking the STATE to take care of you, TAKE care of each other…stop being a sheep and asking the STATE to do everything for you….CREATE your won media…,you dont need the STATE to do it on your own….create street action teams, join COP WATCH, get first aid training…prepare YOU and Yours….and stop asking….

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  5. Please correct and add the couple word that was left out in my post (enhance and modernize) because the currant process is open and transparent but limited to the capability of the traditional communication. The aim of aiding the social media is to bring the communication process to the IT age and facilitate better communication.

    “The power of social media is a scary tough for some politicians whom they are elected by traditional voting and knowing they will have no chance to be elected if social media become a platform for change. Therefore, DH government is trying to avoid facilitating the implementation of the social media communication platform and (enhance and modernize) facilitating an open and transparent communication medium fearing posting and blogging in an open non controlled dialogue may force them to respond and explain issues otherwise only attending council meetings is the public avenue for public communication about city related issues.”

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  6. The social media becoming a platform for change, President Obama used it to communicate and was able to rich-out to new segments of the population and energize them to register to vote and vote and they voted for him by the millions and make history.

    The power of social media is a scary tough for some politicians whom they are elected by traditional voting and knowing they will have no chance to be elected if social media become a platform for change. Therefore, DH government is trying to avoid facilitating the implementation of the social media communication platform and facilitating an open and transparent communication medium fearing posting and blogging in an open non controlled dialogue may force them to respond and explain issues otherwise only attending council meetings is the public avenue for public communication about city related issues.

    We are in an era were virtual communication becoming the norm, from Harvard university to the smallest college now days offers full accredited programs that was never in existence few years ago. The face to face communication becoming an antiquated platform of communication and most every thing is done using social media now days.

    Now the council limits the communication with them to 3 minutes per person, all what they have to do is listen and move on and the recorded meeting on city channel will air it for two weeks on cable that few will watch since its not accessible by any social media gadget. No electronic video records for those meetings and you have to request copies of them and you have to know the date of what you looking for.

    With social media you can search the records from your gadget and find what she said and he said and pin down the issues and present the facts then communicate with the officials instantly from your gadget using the city public social media various platform mediums.

    With social media and streamlined public meeting, you don’t need FOIA for council meeting record and no record will be lost, The cloud is the best way to go as part of the city social media platform.

    This blog is a social media platform, its limited but facilitating good public dialog most of the time found to be beneficiary and informative.

    The social media found its way to flow now days to every aspect of our life and it will flood your process similar to the water flooding our homes when we try to block its natural flow.

    The social media becoming our natural way of communication and information flow naturally true its mediums, and we have to accept that fact and develop the platform necessary to facilitate that flow.

    In case of public emergencies, massive text messages will sent, posting on face book, on Nextel, or on many others and contentiously updating on the situation by locations on time, the officials can be on face book and communicate live with the residents.

    Residents will be a good help reporting live on the public city platform and be verified by the officials eliminating rumors and non accurate information.

    DH residents deserve a city government with social media public platform.

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